As a result of this assignment, I was not aware there were Nine elements that defined digital citizenship. Many educators and students forget that there is an expectation of behaviors surrounding technology use. Of the nine elements (digital access, digital commerce, digital communication, digital literacy, digital etiquette, digital law, digital rights and responsibilities, digital health and wellness, and digital security) I focused on digital health and wellness as well as security. When thinking of health and technology use, ergonomics come to mind, but within the digital citizenship elements it goes beyond posture and screen angle. Digital health and wellness focuses on the physical and physiological effects of technology use whether it be cyberbullying, Internet addiction, or too much screen time. We need to remind our students that while technology is wonderful, we need use it in moderation just like everything else and be mindful of the content we post and view. Stalking, cyberbulling, and hacking are behaviors that can have adverse effects on one’s overall well being. It is crucial that we are mindful of this new society that technology presents, but understand the character traits of the past still have a place.
Just like we lock our house, car, and protect our valuables, we need to do the same with technology content. It is no longer enough to have a strong password, but rather back-up, keep personal information private, and be critical of the information we view. The element of security in digital citizenship reminds of these important tasks/behaviors because there is so much at risk when we are surfing the web. Identity theft, hacking, viruses all can wipe out years of work, money, and data, making it crucial to take a few minutes to do the above suggestions.