The Week 10 Learning Path focused on Digital Citizenship which looked at confidently and positively engaging with ICTs. Carls Blog provides a clear and concise definition of what Digital Citizenship involves in more depth.
To be considered a digital citizen, one must obtain the skills and knowledge to effectively use digital technologies to participate in society, communicate with others and create and consume digital content (Australian Government, 2016). With this definition in mind, I would consider myself to be a digital citizen. Facebook is a major point of call for my participation in society as well as a form of communication, as I am able to instantly and regularly make contact with friends and family as well as constantly see updates that are happening throughout their daily lives. As a university student, I am using digital technologies to assist in constructing and submitting assessment tasks as well as conducting information researches. There are measures taken in both situations in which I use to be safe when using these forms of digital technologies such as privacy settings and regular changing of passwords.
All the way back in primary and high school, digital technology was becoming more of a common use in the classroom, and because of this, we were constantly being taught about how to be cyber-safe to avoid being a victim to cyber-bullying. I am one of the lucky ones that is fortunate enough to have never become a victim to the cyber-world and I commend my teachers and my parents for this, as without their teachings I may not have been so lucky. From a young age I have been taught how to use digital technology safely, responsibly and ethically and because of this, I was able to complete the quiz outlined in this week’s learning path with 100% success.
The results that I achieved in partaking in the Cyber Smart Kids Quiz were relatively consistent in making correct choices. Many of the questions asked throughout the quiz involved “what to do” scenarios regarding emailing, texting, joining new websites and what information you can and shouldn’t present when signing up, password protection and dealing with unfamiliar websites. Most of these questions to me felt more like common knowledge than new information and so I felt relatively confident in my answers. While I feel that I am well informed about using ICT safely, responsibly and ethically, I also accept that I can also further expand my knowledge. Websites such as Safe School Hub, Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner and Cyber-safety in Schools are just some ways to extend this knowledge.
All in all, I do not believe it to be a difficult task to be a digital citizen, in fact, most of us if not all can most likely be considered digital citizens just from partaking in our university studies.
Australian Government. (2016). Digital citizenship. Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner. Retrieved 12 June 2016, from https://www.esafety.gov.au/education-resources/classroom-resources/digital-citizenship