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Digital Citizenship

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Started by Isaac Day 10 Mar 2011 12:02pm () Replies (21)

So, what makes for a successful digital citizen?  Is it so different from just plain old 'citizenship'?  What are the differences? Are they one and the same... do the principles change? Add your thoughts to this post...


  • Kelliem (View all users posts) 16 Mar 2011 8:33am ()

    Although we've been challenged by Tony Ryan to question the difference between plain old ‘citizenship' and ‘digital citizenship'... I wonder if it is 'ethical citizenship'.

    The online world can't be policed in the same way as the 'real world' and although we rely on ethical decisions in the 'real world' we NEED ethical decisions in the online world. This brings Howard Gardner's 5 Minds into play - perhaps those most pertinent to this discussion are the 'respectful & ethical minds'.

    "Educators will recognize the importance of fostering respectfulness among students (the respectful mind). Gardner distinguishes real respect from mere tolerance of differences. Cultivating respect and emotional and interpersonal intelligence among students, teachers, and the greater school community are essential goals in a world where diversity of perspectives is a fact of life.

    While respect is something even young children can practice in primary schools, ethics (the ethical mind) requires more abstract and reflective thinking about one's behavior. No matter what type of work a person undertakes, she can stand back and ask what she needs to do for her work to be excellent in quality and ethical in conduct, and then follow through with those responsibilities. Without this mindset, a person can be easily swayed into doing compromised work that cuts corners, just to be able to get ahead."


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