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The 9 characteristics of a positive digital citizen

Are you a positive digital citizen? Do you know what digital citizenship really means? There are a lot of ideas floating around the web that becoming a proper digital citizen is basically just not bully someone online. There’s more to it than that.

A lot more.

It all starts with becoming a better citizen in general. You need to treat people properly in-person and be able to spend your time, money, and brainpower responsibly. In other words, make the most of your time and don’t spend it angry or trying to antagonize others. Want a few example? Here are some of the ways you can be a good citizen followed by a good digital citizen from the folks at ISTE:

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Characteristics Of A Positive Citizen

A positive citizen:

  1. Advocates for equal human rights for all.
  2. Treats others courteously and never bullies.
  3. Does not steal or damage others’ property or persons.
  4. Communicates clearly, respectfully and with empathy.
  5. Actively pursues an education and develops habits for lifelong learning.
  6. Spends and manages money responsibly.
  7. Upholds basic human rights of privacy, freedom of speech, etc.
  8. Protects self and others from harm.
  9. Proactively promotes their own physical and mental health.

Characteristics Of A Positive Digital Citizen

A positive digital citizen:

  1. Advocates for equal digital rights and access for all.
  2. Treats others with respect in online spaces and never cyberbullies.
  3. Does not steal or damage others’ digital work, identity or property.
  4. Makes appropriate decisions when communicating through a variety of digital channels.
  5. Uses digital tools to advance their learning and keeps up with changing technologies.
  6. Makes responsible online purchasing decisions and protects their payment information.
  7. Upholds basic human rights in all digital forums.
  8. Protects personal information from outside forces that might cause harm.
  9. Proactively limits health risks of technology, from physical to psychological.

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Jeff Dunn

Jeff is an education and technology lover who has worked in far too many industries to count. Okay, like maybe 5 or 6. Jeff can indeed count that high but it’s not recommended. Jeff also likes to write bios in the third-person.


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