Thursday, October 25, 2012

Digital Citizenship

In Mike Ribble’s article passport to digital citizenship, we are reintroduced to the idea of digital citizenship. According to NET.S digital citizenship entails “students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior”. The areas that a student will can utilize these issues are in the safe practices, positive attitudes, demonstration of personal leadership and responsibility. In this idea of digital citizenship, the student takes responsibility for their actions at home and at school. It is not enough to know about the technologies, the demonstrations of the technology is only half of the job. Modeling the leadership and taking full responsibility is the other half of digital citizenship and is most often left out of the equation. Too many people seem to take the anonymity of the internet for granted and write things online that they would never say in public. This last application is of particular concern to me. As eventual teachers, and possibly parents, we are our childrens’ mentors and heros’. We owe it to them to model correct behaviors and correct bad behavior. This article directly aligns with the ISTE NETS and performance indicators for students. As well as mirroring the criteria of digital citizenship (bullet point 5) I read about 9 bullet points that Ribble deems important. Among these are the full capacity to learn the technologies. These is no sense in using a technology if you don’t use it correctly. Additionally, the ability to keep the student safe, as well as the information being created is part of the digital security of digital citizenship. There are four stages of learning technology that seemed to be garnered from other areas of education. This is referred to as the “Four-stage cycle of technology integration. “ These include: Awareness, guided practice, modeling and demonstration and feedback and analysis. The article seems to touch on very important issues and offers an example for modeling correct behavior at the teaching level. I enjoyed it and look forward to implementing some of the lessons in a classroom in the near future. Ribble, M. (2008-2009). Passport to Digital Citizenship: Journey toward appropriate technology use at school and at home Learning and leading with technology, 36( 4). 14-17. Retrieved from


  1. I think your article on digital citizenship highlighted the importance of adults being role models to students and children regarding proper internet etiquette. We are living in a world that is full of technology advances and everyday there seems to be a new social media site that can be accessed by the youngest of students. A lot of the times teachers lecture and speak about the importance of digital citizenship but it may go through one ear and out the other for some students. Being able to actually practice what they learn in a safe environment is something that could really benefit our future generations of students.
    I liked how you also incorporated the idea of mirroring. Adults sometimes do not realize how much they influence children and this is something that must be considered at all times. An adult could be posting something inappropriate on Facebook, for example, and if their child witnesses this they may think that it is appropriate behavior when it really is not. We can be the change the our children need in order to succeed in the future.
    I enjoyed reading your post!
    Blog Comment by: Jessica Roldan

  2. Reading your article I strongly agree that us as adults need and should be the remodels for students on how to use and act online especially with this new wave of technology. The article comes in at an appropriate time because with the increase we are seeing online between our students, one as a teacher takes on a new takes on showing them the dangers and harms if one does not use Digital Citizenship. Also if teachers implement technology in the class room they should take the the time to show student the how to protect themselves and proper edict.