Social Media Awareness Dictionary

Digital citizenship

Short Definition

Digital citizenship can be defined as the appropriate and responsible use of technology. It’s about understanding how to use technology safely, responsibly and ethically. As digital citizens, we have a responsibility to ourselves and to others to behave in a way that is respectful, legal and considerate when using technology.Good digital citizenship includes being a good online communicator, knowing how to manage your online identity and reputation, understanding cyberbullying and how to stay safe online, respecting copyright laws, and being a thoughtful consumer of online content. These are just some of the aspects of digital citizenship – there are many more.Digital citizenship is important because the internet is becoming increasingly integrated into our everyday lives. We use it for communication, entertainment, work, shopping and much more. As we become more reliant on technology, it’s important that we understand how to use it safely and responsibly.Some people may not realize that their actions online can have real-life consequences. For example, posting an inflammatory comment on social media could lead to real-life conflict with someone you know. Or sharing sensitive information online could put you at risk of identity theft or fraud. It’s important to think about these things before you hit “send” or “post”.By being good digital citizens, we can make the internet a safer and more enjoyable place for everyone.

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