Digital Citizenship &
Dr. Alec Couros
“Digital citizenship isn’t just about recognizing
and dealing with online hazards. It’s about
building safe spaces & communities,
understanding how to manage personal
information, and about being Internet savvy -
using your online presence to grow & shape
your world in a safe, creative way, and
inspiring others to do the same.” (Digizen)
What are the big changes in media?
Early Day of PC in Schools Today’s Social/Mobile Reality
The evaluation of web sources often employ
the following criteria: authority, currency,
accuracy, objectivity, coverage.
What are the limitations of these criteria with
regards to the emerging ﬂow of information?
A meme is “a cultural unit (an idea or value or
pattern of behavior) passed on from one person to
another by non-genetic means (as by imitation).”
Is the understanding of memes and how
knowledge spreads in our society important?
And, how may it apply to the development and
understanding of digital citizenship?
•Sexual predation on minors is a concern, is a
phenomenon that existed before the Internet,
but is overhyped by the media.
•Bullying/harrassment most frequent threats
faced by minors both online & ofﬂine.
•Internet increases availability of problematic
content but does not always increase minors’
•Risk proﬁle & factors for minors made up of
many psychosocial factors including family
Social Network Services are not going away
anytime soon. How should school districts and
classrooms approach better understanding and
utilizing these services with students?
What are the vital components of
understanding when ‘dealing with’ social
networking services in education?
We are entering a period of ubiquitous access
to technology & many available social tools.
How do we proceed into the knowledge
economy without better understanding media?
How do we continue the conversation?