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New Visions Charter High School for the Humanities II (HUM): Digital Citizenship

Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship

Mike Ribble's Digital Citizenship website

Digital citizenship can be defined as the norms of appropriate, responsible behavior with regard to technology use.

1.  Digital Etiquette: electronic standards of conduct or procedure.

2. Digital Communication: electronic exchange of information.

3.  Digital Literacy: process of teaching and learning about technology and the use of technology.

4.  Digital Access: full electronic participation in society.

5.  Digital Commerce: electronic buying and selling of goods.

6.  Digital Law: electronic responsibility for actions and deeds.

7.  Digital Rights & Responsibilities: those freedoms extended to everyone in a digital world.

8. Digital Health & Wellness: physical and psychological well-being in a digital technology world.


Digital Citizenship Resources

TYWLS EH Email Etiquette



ENSURE that email is really the best vehicle to communicate your message. Does your topic warrant an email, or would it be quicker and clearer to pick up the phone? Face-to-face communication is highly recommended for sensitive or complex conversations.

TAKE time to double-check the send address. Many people have the same last name. If you’re in a hurry you may send your email to the wrong person. Humiliating! Check for typos in the address that could prevent your email from arriving successfully.

INSTEAD of hitting REPLY-ALL, just reply to the people who really need to know — often the person who generated the original email. Don’t embarrass yourself by oversharing with a wide audience.

QUICKNESS.  Time counts- respond to emails within 24 hours.  Subject lines should be specific, for example, “Pizza available in Library at 3:15” rather than just “Pizza.” Match the subject line with the content of your email.

USE the reply button instead of starting a new email when answering. If you want to change the subject, create a new email with a new pertinent subject line.

EXERCISE restraint. Be concise and to the point. No one likes to read long emails. Think of email as a billboard – you have seconds to capture a readers’ attention.

TRY to avoid sending mass mailings unless absolutely necessary. Sending too many is considered spamming, and recipients will ignore your emails and begin to develop resentments towards you and your communiqués. Do not forward chain letters. Most of them are hoaxes that fill up inboxes and make your recipients hate you.

TONE is important. Prevent misunderstandings by avoiding sarcasm. Save emotionally laden messages for in-person conversations. Don’t flag your outgoing message as high priority unless your email really is more important than everyone else’s (very rare).

EDIT your writing. Review for spelling and grammar. Make sure your message makes sense. Remember that you represent a school with high standards for writing, even in casual email correspondence.


P.S.  If you are still using the email address that you created in middle school that is something like:  -- you are in high school now and it is time to change it. Create an email account that is just for school and/or professional use that is some combination of your first and last names.

You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression. Don’t let your email address make it for you.

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Plagiarism and Paraphrasing

YouTube Video: “Be A Digital Citizen”

Real Life Story: Two Kinds of Stupid

The Digital Footprint

Copyright and Music

MORE Copyright and Music

Cyber Security

Cyber Security + Privacy

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Information Literacy

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Information Literacy

Information Literacy - Definition

Information literacy is composed of four interconnected components:

1. Knowledge of information sources, the organization of information, and the nature of knowing — the attributes of scholarly knowledge.

2. Skills in finding, evaluating, using, and effectively communicating information.

3. Generalization of knowledge and skills to various applied settings with a positive disposition toward the use of new and extant information sources and information technologies.

4. Social context for the use of information, equal access to information, and the dissemination of knowledge.

Even More Resources

That's Not Cool (

is a public education campaign that uses digital examples of
controlling, pressuring and threatening behaviour to raise awareness about and
prevent teen-dating abuse. The website is jointly sponsored and created by the
Family Violence Prevention Fund, the Department of Justice's Office on Violence
Against Women, and the Advertising Council.

Netsafe Netbasics (

Award-winning site composed of 10 animated episodes on the Jones family
as they negotiate their way around the Internet. The series includes a
collection of good and bad characters in fictional adventures that engage
users while they deliver a serious message about the security threats we
face online.

Digizen Game (

This game follows on from the cyberbullying film Let's Fight It Together to personalise and reinforce learning from that film. This game allows you to log on to a computer and create your own character that goes into the same school where cyberbullying has taken place.

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