With more students using Chromebooks and mobile devices at school and home, teaching Digital Citizenship has become more important than ever, especially at an earlier age.  In a recent study by Common Sense Media, Zero to Eight: Children’s Media Use in America 2013, indicates that the percentage of children ages eight and under who have used a mobile device nearly doubled from 2011 to 2013.  It also concluded that about 2 in 5 children under the age of 2 have used a mobile device.

As a baseline, here are the nine essential elements of digital citizenship that every student should know according to Ribble, an educator from Massachusetts.  Additional information about these nine elements is available online.

  1. Digital Access: full electronic participation in society.
  2. Digital Commerce: electronic buying and selling of goods.
  3. Digital Communication: electronic exchange of information.
  4. Digital Literacy: process of teaching and learning about technology and the use of technology.
  5. Digital Etiquette: electronic standards of conduct or procedure.
  6. Digital Law: electronic responsibility for actions and deeds.
  7. Digital Rights & Responsibilities: those freedoms extended to everyone in a digital world.
  8. Digital Health & Wellness: physical and psychological well-being in a digital technology world.
  9. Digital Security (self-protection): electronic precautions to guarantee safety.

Source: The 9 Essential Elements of Digital Citizenship by Dennis Pierce, published in eSchool News