Understanding Digital Citizenship & Identity - Updated March 14

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Published on March 8, 2014

Author: courosa

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Introduction to digital citizenship and identity.

Understanding Digital Citizenship & Identity by Dr. Alec Couros

digital citizenship

‘cyber-safety’ (digital citizenship 1.0)

“Posting personal information online does not, by itself, appear to be a particularly risky behaviour.’” “Social networking sites ... do not appear to have increased risk of victimization by online molestors.’”

Sexual predation is a concern ... existed before the Internet, but is overblown by the media. Bullying & harassment are the most frequent threats faced by minors both online and offline.


“Digital Citizenship is a concept which helps teachers and technology leaders understand what students should know to use technology appropriately. But Digital Citizenship is more than just a teaching tool, it is a way to prepare students for a society full of technology.” (Ribble)

outline Content Remix Identity Netiquette Activism







“Pornography makes up 37% of the total content of the Internet.’” =

How do we approach educating children & adults in/of a world where the world’s most offensive content and behaviour (whatever that means) is ubiquitous and at most, a few key strokes away?

How do we as adults begin to explore the complex environments that contribute to the development of sexuality in adolescents?

information literacy

How do we ensure that learners are critical creators and consumers of information in all contexts, online and offline?


not all sharing is illegal or unethical

“...for all the money, tax revenue and intelligence that Western governments have at their disposal (they) seemingly cannot get their heads around a simple enough concept that wherever one is, someone is watching and recording.” Zack Whitaker

How do we develop a culture that respects and understands the rights of both creators and consumers and the increasingly limited distinction between these two groups?


in the past the way in which we mediated our identities was selective, closed, & controlled

“The average digital birth of children happens at about 6 months.” “In Canada, US, UK, France Italy, Germany & Spain ... 81% of children under the age of two have some kind of digital profile or footprint.”

Easily Copied Easily Edited Instantly Shared Viewable by Millions


“In July 2003, the student’s family filed a $250,000 lawsuit against the family of four of his schoolmates. The lawsuit stated in part that he “had to endure, and still endures today, harassment and derision from his high-school mates and from the public at large.”


“parents spotted Facebook comments she wrote describing students as ‘germ bags’ and parents as ‘snobby’ and arrogant.”

danah boyd pay attention to ... •Properties: persistence, replicability, searchability, scalability, (de)locatability. •Dynamics: invisible audiences, collapsed contexts, blurring of public & private spaces @zephoria

cameras are everywhere ...


The World is Watching http://www.flickr.com/photos/palinopsiafilms/6359719991/sizes/l/in/photostream/


How do we help students develop positive digital identities?


@leverus “Some of the comments on Youtube make you weep for the future of humanity, just for the spelling alone, never mind the obscenity and naked hatred.” (Lev Grossman)

“Dear Photograph:Thank you for everything we had.”

God bless you and your family through this difficult time.

My best attempt, I only removed the tubing, left colors and levels alone. I am sorry for your loss.

I color corrected the skintones a bit as well.

minor lighting, a 6 x 4 crop for printing in standard size & removed some of the background. well done fellow redditors !!!!

Fixed the chair

Sorry for the late help. I went for simplicity. Enjoy - and I hope you remember her well.


How do we develop kind and caring citizens, those with integrity in both offline and online spaces?


What is the role of teachers/schools in terms of developing student activism?


slide by @ransomtech

Imagine for a second if we taught our teenagers to drive a car in the same manner we attempt to teach them about social media... Driving lessons would NEVER take place in an actual car. Driving lessons would only focus on what NOT to do. Driving lessons would be taught by adults (teachers or parents) with little or no experience of driving. Slide by @gcouros ~Dan Haesler

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“Digital citizenship isn’t just about recognizing and dealing with online hazards. It’s about building safe spaces & communities, understanding how to manage personal information, and about being Internet savvy - using your online presence to grow & shape your world in a safe, creative way, and inspiring others to do the same.” (Digizen)

Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time. ~Tagore http://couros.ca couros@gmail.com @courosa

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