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Digital citizenship tends to refer to norms of behavior in relation to the use of new technologies. For FOSI, it’s bound up with the need to build a culture of responsibility, as demonstrated in the diagram contained in the document below.
Parents and teachers need to protect children from the potential dangers of the Internet, keeping them safe from physical, psychological and reputational harm.
Although parents and teachers are the most direct guardians, they are not the only forces to keep children safe from harm. There are six layers of society that must accept responsibility for keeping kids safe online. Many of these entities are already taking great strides towards a safer Internet, but it takes all of the components working together to really make the Web safer.
FOSI has produced a Blueprint for Safe and Responsible Online Use.
A culture of responsibility calls for all the layers discussed above to work together to foster resiliency in our children. Children need help to make wise choices about the content they seek and post online; about whom they contact and who they allow to contact them; and how they conduct themselves on the Internet. Empowering and encouraging children to make better decisions so that their actions in the “online” world, are similar to their actions in the “offline” world – a distinction children don’t always make.
In June, 2010, Matt Levinson and Deb Socia published their essay, Moving Beyond One Size Fits All With Digital Citizenship, as part of the Behaviors and Online Safety track of the Youth and Media Policy Working Group at Harvard University's Berkman Center. The essay focuses on some of the challenges faced by educators when trying to address online safety and digital citizenship in the classroom. To read the essay go to http://publius.cc/moving_beyond_one_size_fits_all_digital_citizenship