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ITGS Digital Citizenship

Digital citizenship is the appropriate behaviour that represents the responsible, ethical and legal approach that individuals take in any situation with respect to the use of IT. Digital citizenship permeates, in one way or another, all of the preceding social and ethical considerations.

Other specific social and ethical considerations.

Digital citizenship is the norms of appropriate, responsible technology use. Too often we are seeing students as well as adults misusing and abusing technology but not sure what to do. The issue is more than what the users do not know but what is considered appropriate technology usage.

Five Guideline for Digital Citizenship

  1. When you post something online - be sure it is appropriate (e.g. Don't post party photos, do post picture which make me look clever)

  2. Avoid behavior that puts you at risk, both online and offline (e.g. don't tell strangers secrets, someone you are chatting with online... maybe a creepy old man)

  3. Be kind to other people be constructive and friendly online (e.g. say nice thing about people and don't be nasty to others)

  4. Report abusive and inappropriate behavior towards others *e.g. if you see something that is inappropriate report it).

  5. Ask permission to share another’s intellectual properties is an important practice.

To illustrate (1) which mean posting good images and words about yourself, that are truthful and honest -- here is an article about a Spanish health minister who was forced to quit over master’s degree that was not 100% truthful

Spanish health minister quits over master’s degree plagiarism
Spanish health minister quits over master’s degree plagiarism

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