In today’s hyper-connected world, it goes without saying that it is important to be a good digital citizen. But what does that mean? Mike Ribble, author of Digital Citizenship in Schools, says digital citizenship can be defined as “the norms of appropriate, responsible behavior with regard to technology use,” specifically with regard to these nine elements:

  1. Digital Access
  2. Digital Commerce
  3. Digital Communication
  4. Digital Literacy
  5. Digital Etiquette
  6. Digital Law
  7. Digital Rights & Responsibilities
  8. Digital Health & Wellness
  9. Digital Security (self-protection)

Broward County Public Schools takes digital citizenship seriously (Policy 5306 – SCHOOL AND DISTRICT TECHNOLOGY USAGE) and works with our teachers to provide professional learning opportunities and resources to help them educate our students in the rights and responsibilities of being a good digital citizen. In addition to embedding digital citizenship training into most of our instructional technology professional development offerings, we encourage all stakeholders to review some of these popular online materials for the teaching of digital citizenship, whether at home or in the classroom:

If you feel like your location has a specific need for Digital Citizenship training, please reach out to the Innovative Learning Department at (754) 321-2620.