Digital Citizenship is about how we should behave as responsible citizens when we are online. This is similar to the way we should behave in our non digital society. It is also about what should be taught to the newest generation of digital natives who have grown up surrounded by technology and who have nearly constant access to the internet. This creates the need to have serious consideration about the responsible use of technology.
“As parents and educators, we want to raise kids to be safe, responsible, and ethical in the digital world. Giving kids a solid understanding of how we expect them to behave – both online and off – starts everyone off on the right foot.” (www.commonsensemedia.org) At PHS learning about digital citizenship has been woven into the computer curriculum. Students at all levels learn about the nine different elements, or concepts, of digital citizenship (see below) through a variety of different projects.