Being a digital citizen is more than just accessing and using the Internet. Every time we post, share, like, research, stream a show, shop online, or play a connected game, we participate in the digital community. As digital citizens, we need to know how to be safe, kind, and positive contributors to our community.
The Internet is a great way to connect with people anywhere in the world. You can access news, podcasts, company websites to learn more about a topic or stay connected to the world. A variety of social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, can be used to keep in touch with friends, family or promote your business and reach potential customers. With the limitless possibilities of information you can access on the Internet, users must understand how they conduct themselves online in a way that protects their private information.
Privacy on the Internet is essential. Anytime you are online, you create a digital footprint in what you share, everything you post, and every website you visit. When we put things such as our vacation photos, personal messages, or mail online, we want to be sure that only those intended can and should see them.
Definition from Merriam Webster Dictionary
Watch Michelle Clark’s TED Talk on Digital Footprints (5 minutes), where she discusses the importance of being aware of what we post and how it can impact our lives.