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As a pre-service teacher I do not have a school policy to base my blog post on, therefore this post will focus on Digital Citizenship and ways to implement important messages around appropriate behaviour and online conduct within schools.

As defined by Ribble (2014) being a digital citizen means that you are aware of what is available about you in digital form and how it can affect you and others (p.1). Hollandsworth, Dowdy & Donovan (2011) stress that student digital behaviours can harm their personal social dynamics, careers, and safety (p.38) and preparing student to make sound decisions in the digital world is critical (p.39). Educational programs and teachers modelling good behaviour in schools will support mitigating digital citizenship risks and issues.

At a recent Digital Citizenship Summit hosted by a number of guest speakers spoke about their experience with developing digital citizenship awareness and good behaviours within schools.

Diana Graber at the Digital Citizenship Summit in her It takes a village to raise a digital citizen (video below). Graber describes her experience in schools, providing some real life examples of educating students in “cyber civics” (Graber, 2016).

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Matt Soeth at the same recent Digital Citizenship Summit also spoke about his experience in his Growing digital leaders #icanhelp (video below). Soeth (2016) describes students as being “digital first responders” stating that in situations where something bad is happening online they usually see it first.

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Hollandsworth, R., Dowdy, L,. & Donovan, J. 2011. TechTrends. Digital Citizenship in K-12: It Takes a Village. Volume 55, Number 4.

Ribble, M. 2014. ProfessionalOpinion. The importance of digital citizenship: why schools should help young people navigate the digital landscape.

Graber, D. 2016. It takes a village to raise a digital citizen [Video file]. Retrieved from

Soeth, M. 2016. Growing digital leaders #icanhelp [Video file]. Retrieved from