Digital Citizenship

Becoming a digital citizen is EASY.

You don’t have to fill out a ton of paperwork, wait for it to process, deal with the postal service, or go to any scheduled appointments! All you have to do to possess digital citizenship, is to monior what you post online. That’s it.

Okay, maybe that isn’t all you have to do.

You should also monitor what you subscribe to, what you view, what you like on Facebook, what you click on, and so on.

Digital citizenship is being cautious in the digital world, and also being active in the community.

As a person with tattoos (regrettable tattoos which are planned to be removed) it is crucial to view your digital activity as a tattoo. Everything you do is permanent and traceable.

This may not seem like a big deal to most, but one wrong click or sarcastic comment can tarnish your digital reputation and can reflect your citizenship outside of the digital world aka the real world.

Your digital tattoos can affect potential employers, congregation membership, scholarships, and friendships.

Another aspect of digital citizenship is manners. Mistaken sarcasm is one thing, but cyber bullying is another. Don’t say mean things online or off!

So whose responsibility is it to make sure that everyone is following the common laws of being a digital citizen? Well, it starts with the User/Blogger/Poster/Facebook Addict etc. Just be respectful and cautious at all times and you should be fine.

Next parents and schools should stress the importance of being responsible online. These talks should include every thing I’ve mentioned above,but also the risk of spam or scammers, privacy settings, and all the other dangers of social media:

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7 thoughts on “Digital Citizenship

  1. I appreciate that you took the time to mention sarcastic comments in this post.
    For a long while on places like MySpace, I would shoot sarcasm off no problem. Same with text messages.

    After enough misunderstandings and hurt feelings, I wised up. If I think something I’m about to say will be misconstrued in any way, I take the time to re-evaluate “is this worth saying?”

    If I still think it is, I literally bracket around the sentence.

  2. Oh, I agree! I think that we need to be respectful to each other. I don’t think of the internet as a different forum from the “real world”. If you wouldn’t do it around people, don’t do it online.

  3. The fact that it’s permanent can be both a good thing and a bad thing, I think. Depending on what you do with it. If you start off as a good digital citizen, then employers and your reputation will be fine, even if you are extremely active. I maaay need to brush up on the sarcasm, though I’m pretty sure I use it only when it’s extremely obvious and it’s not hurting anyone.

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