When developing an understanding of digital citizenship, it is important that students know about the benefits of online participation. With the emergence of mobile devices and social media, participation in online environments has increased exponentially and an online identity is now a social norm. Because of this, young people are identifiable online and there is no such thing as being anonymous.
Students must be aware that there is no difference between the real world and the virtual world and if our actions are not legal, safe and ethical in online environments this will have real-world consequences. Those who are ignorant of licenses, user agreements, intellectual property rights and digital security may find themselves facing serious repercussions in their working or personal lives. Similarly, developing an understanding of digital health, finance, commerce and etiquette will make a difference to our students’ quality of life, and opportunities for success (Ribble, 2011, p.11).
Digital citizenship at Mt Alvernia College includes technology learning that requires users to understand how to be safe and protect themselves online.
As the use of electronic and mobile devices becomes ubiquitous, it is important for users to understand how these technologies can impact physical and emotional well-being.
Students operating in online environments have a responsibility to use appropriate actions and behaviours that respect the moral rights of others.
Digital technologies allow many options for communicating with other people. These communications are recorded by a data trail on the internet and will become a digital footprint.
Powerful learning happens when students use technology to collaborate. Collaboration online requires a set of skills, knowledge and attitudes. The digital learning environments at Mt Alvernia college provide opportunities for students to develop these collaborative practices