What is digital citizenship?
Digital citizenship can be thought of as the safe and appropriate use of technology by students as well as adults. This applies to all aspects of digital life including text messaging, using social media, online research, and accessing online entertainment among others.
Why is digital citizenship important?
Engaging in online activity is a major part of many people's lives. Many people, in particularly students, often move between online and offline activity without a clear distinction between the two. Our connected world puts a wealth of power at the fingertips of users; however, there are pitfalls that users need to be aware of.
- That "fun" photo posted today may be used by college admissions officers to deny an application in the future.
- A comment about someone at school may be part of a larger circle of online cruelty (cyberbullying) that the user may be unaware of.
- Using the internet makes research easier, but many of the sources are unreliable.
- Disclosing private information can have dire consequences, especially for young people.
To help students avoid these and many other pitfalls we have partnered with Common Sense Media to deliver a series of lessons on digital citizenship. Students will learn about how to safely and effectively engage in online activity. Topics included in the lessons cover:
- Internet Safety
- Privacy and Security
- Relationships and Communication
- Cyberbullying and Online Drama
- Digital Footprint and Reputation
- Self-Image and Identity
- Information Literacy
- Creative Credit and Copyright
El Paso High School is dedicated to educating students who are prepared to engage in online activities as responsible digital citizens who participate safely, effectively, ethically, and respectfully in all aspects of digital life.