Week 1 Journal Post for Digital Citizenship

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This week everything that I have read has been a new concept. I understand the concepts of what it means to be a Digital Citizenship, but that is as far as I had gone, defining and developing the concepts of how to teach students to be a responsible digital citizenship was never a second thought of mine. Truthfully I never heard the term before this class and I have been teaching online classes since 2008. The biggest point that I believe exist is making students aware that they are digital citizens and how that is different from being just a citizen.

According to Curran (2012) Ribble and Bailey (2007) developed a “Four Stage Reflection Model” where awareness was the first step. They describe this first step as a time to discuss with students what it means to be responsibly socially and what is the appropriate use of technology is. I feel that this awareness stage should be used to make students aware of what a digital citizen is and that they are one. If a student can take ownership of belonging to a global community as Dr. Jason Ohler referred to it by saying that we have morphed into digital citizens. then they will learn and begin to adopt the practices of the community. He described that our behavior is now amplified by technology and becoming a digital citizen and every part of its definition is more important now that ever.

Dr. Bruce Johnson said that having awareness online and behaving in an appropriate manner when online then you have a developed digital citizenship. Something that he points out is missing for college students (Johnson, 2012). College students have never been taught any semblance of what digital citizenship is or what it means. Joshua Miller (2017) for the NY Post wrote an article that in the past week Harvard withdrew 10 scholarship offers because of incoming students post on line (http://nypost.com/2017/06/05/harvard-withdraws-admissions-offers-for-students-who-posted-obscene-memes/). A Pew survey from 2012 showed that 8 out of 10 Americans used Facebook, and that over half of them have deleted post previously from their own social sites. Students are starting to become more aware of their online presence and how important it is to remember that others can see it as well.

One thing that students can do is to use some type of social site, or website to build their presence online. The possibilities are numerous from Facebook, using WordPress or another website builder to build a presence for yourself (Friedman, 2013).  It has also suggested that paper resumes are a thing of the past.

Students need to understand that they are digital citizens and that means posting and monitoring with vigilance their presence. How do we help them to do that. We integrate it into classes. The one chance that I have is their Medical Ethics and Law course. This whole course could be about digital citizenship. I have already started to develop the addition to this course for the upcoming year. Students should always consider every action they take online and realize that they can use their online presence for their benefit.


Ribble, M. (2015). Digital citizenship in schools (3rd ed.). Eugene, OR: International Society of Technology in Education.

Curran, M. (2012, June). iCitizen: Are you a socially responsible digital citizen. Paper presented at the International Society for Technology Education Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX. Retrieved from http://www.gonevirtual.org/uploads/6/0/8/6/6086473/icitizen_iste12_paper.pdf  (PDF: icitizen_paper_M_Curran.pdf )

Ribble, M, & Bailey, G. (2007). Digital Citizenship in Schools. Eugene, Oregon: ISTE.

http://www.onlinecollegecourses.com, O. -. (2012, July 23). Digital Citizenship Basics for College Students. Retrieved June 11, 2017, from http://www.onlinecollegecourses.com/2012/07/23/digital-citizenship-basics-for-college-students/

Miller, J. R. (2017, June 05). Harvard withdraws admissions offers for students who posted ‘obscene’ memes. Retrieved June 11, 2017, from http://nypost.com/2017/06/05/harvard-withdraws-admissions-offers-for-students-who-posted-obscene-memes/

Madden, M. (2012, February 23). Main findings. Retrieved June 11, 2017, from http://www.pewinternet.org/2012/02/24/main-findings-12/

Friedman, J. (2013, June 28). Students Turn to Internet to Build Online Presence, Showcase Work. Retrieved June 11, 2017, from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jordan-friedman/students-turn-to-internet_b_3518598.html

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