Digital Citizenship Statement


My forever motto when it comes to digital citizenship will be that which is stated in the image above. I will always continue to THINK before I post something online so to create a positive online persona and protect my privacy. Will you?

When considering that i am of the Millennial age and thinking about what I have learned about digital citizenship, I feel that the things that I use from online can have serious copyright implications,and that intimidates me. It is very unnerving how many different things there are to know about copyright laws and how many various ways someone can get into trouble by portraying someone’s work incorrectly. It is essential that teachers, students, and even just the general public is privy to these laws. Please see the video inserted here for more information before continuing reading this blog: CLICK

As you can see, the warning is real. In order to act and digitally present yourself, you must be aware of these rules. You can find more information on protecting yourself and presenting yourself professionally and appropriately at what is now my go-to guidelines that I can even share with my students here. This site gives the basics of copyright laws and why it should matter to you in a kid friendly way. For example it states, “When you create something, aren’t you proud of your work when you spend a lot of time and energy creating it? How about that social studies report you finally finished, that poem for your Mom that made her smile, that cool logo you came up with for your soccer team, the great song you wrote for the school play, or even your journal that you don’t “have” to do but you enjoy it so much and it’s special to you? Well, all these are your creations and you’d probably be pretty upset if someone just copied any of them without your permission. That’s where copyright comes in. Copyright law gives you a set of rights that prevents other people from copying your work and doing other things with your work that you may not like.” (Copyright Kids!) This truly paints it black and white to kids and adults alike, that yes, someone might (and will!) care if you use their work for yours, or misrepresent a piece of their work without their permission.

Along with considering my thoughts on copyrights, it is also important to discuss online privacy. It is clear that the different generations (Greatest Generation, Silent Generation, Baby Boomers, Generation X and Millennials) have varying viewpoints when it comes to technology. “Based on experience with technology, the younger generations who have grown up with technology will be more trusting of the technology and less concerned about privacy, regardless of the point in their lifecycle. Alternatively,
as technology has become a more mainstream component of social and economic life, everyone is become more experienced with technology, and we should see concern about privacy decrease over time regardless of age.” (Regan, Fitzgerald, Balint, 2013). I would agree that millennials have more experience and therefore, appear less concerned with privacy than other generations.

Additionally, Regan, Fitzgerald and Balint (2013) mention that, “Women are somewhat more likely to be concerned about privacy and civil liberty threats from new technologies than are men;” This is something I have not completely considered before, but I realize it may be true. I certainly have more qualms about what gets shared than my husband, for example. He is comfortable using sites such as Craigslist and Facebook without privacy settings, but I am not. Anyone else have a similar experience? Comment in the comments section below and let me know your thoughts and opinions on this topic!

If you do nothing else, consider showing your students this YouTube video from kid favorite, Flocabulary. It is catchy and has a positive message on how to keep yourself safe and respectable no matter where you are online! digital citizenship


Copyright Kids! (n.d.). Retrieved from

FlocabularYT. (2014, August 07). Oversharing – Digital Citizenship. Retrieved from

INFOhio Guides: Digital Literacy: Digital Citizenship. (n.d.). Retrieved from

Lifestyle and Living. (2012). Creative Commons and Copyright Info. Retrieved from

Regan, P. M., FitzGerald, G., & Balint, P. (2013). Generational views of information privacy?. Innovation: The European Journal Of Social Sciences, 26(1/2), 81-99. doi:10.1080/13511610.2013.747650




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