A librarian from Hawaii has been charged by her administration to create a post of the "Top 10 Guidelines for Digital Citizenship." Since I am sucker for both top 10 lists and a long-time crusader for teaching kids digital citizenship *, I couldn't resist.
Top 10 Guidelines for Digital Citizenship
- Protect your online privacy.**
- Respect the online privacy of others.
- Protect your property.
- Respect the property of others.
- Respect the rules, values, and policies of your family, religion, community, and school.
- Understand the values of other cultures, religions, and communities.
- Build a positive online reputation and portfolio of work.
- Use online communications in constructive ways, doing nothing you would not do in a F2F setting.
- Evaluate the accuracy of any information you find or receive online - or share online.
- Maintain a healthy balance between your online activities and relationships with your physical world activities and relationships.
The Blue Skunk Golden Rule: Don't text when you drive, especially if you are in the car in front of me when the red light turns green.
OK, folks, what makes your "Top Ten" list of digital citizenship guidelines?
* Back in the day, I called them "safe and ethical use" guidelines rather than "digital citizenship," which I believe still more clearly describes what we are after. But I may have no one but myself to blame for the change. From the linked 1998 article above:
In direct or indirect ways, children begin to learn ethical values from birth. And while families and the church are assigned the primary responsibility for a child’s ethical education, schools have traditionally had the societal charge to teach and reinforce some moral values, especially those directly related to citizenship and school behaviors. Most of the ethical issues that surround technology deal with societal and school behaviors and are an appropriate and necessary part of the school curriculum.
** The first five of these are revisions of Johnson's 3 P's of Technology Ethics (from Learning Right from Wrong in the Digital Age: An Ethics Guide for Parents, Teachers, Librarians, and Others Who Care About Computer-Using Young People, Linworth, 2003):
- Privacy - I will protect my privacy and respect the privacy of others.
- Property - I will protect my property and respect the property of others.
- a(P)propriate Use - I will use technology in constructive ways and in ways which do not break the rules of my family, church, school, or government.