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The nine elements of digital citizenship that all students must understand

What exactly is digital citizenship? Earnie Kramer discusses nine key elements that all schools and their students should be aware of.

Being a good digital citizen within the online community includes anything from learning email etiquette to how to prevent and report cyber-bullying. Digital citizenship also includes learning about safety concerns like how to protect private information and how to stay safe while communicating online. 

Digital communities are becoming more prolific, making good citizenship important for safety and order.

Personal and financial information can be easily accessed by others online.

Cyber-bullying has severe consequences and can be the result of irresponsible digital citizens.

Online predators are a real threat to unassuming or naïve students.

Teaching digital citizenship contributes to a holistic approach to teaching students to be part of a community – on and offline.

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