We Grow Teachers

The Definition Of Digital Citizenship

the-definition-of-digital-citizenshipThe Definition Of Digital Citizenship

by Terry Heick

As more and more students interact digitally–with content, one another, and various communities–the concept of digital citizenship becomes increasingly important.

Which begs the question: what is digital citizenship?

Well, first citizenship, which is formally defined as “the quality of an individual’s response to membership in a community.” This makes citizenship far more complex than a simple legal matter, but rather one that consists of self-knowledge, interaction, and intimate knowledge of a place, its people, and its cultural history.

So digital citizenship is nearly the same thing–“the quality of a response to membership in a digital community” would be a good first crack at the definition.

Revising that might more clearly articulate the differences between physical and digital communities, so a decent definition of digital citizenship then might be “Self-monitored participation that reflects conscious interdependence with all (visible and less visible) community members”

But that leaves out the idea of content itself, which leads us to a pretty good definition for educators: “The quality of habits, actions, and consumption patterns that impact the ecology of digital content and communities.”

Still too wordy? Maybe a shorter version for students–with some moral imperatives and implied advice–could be: “the self-monitored habits that sustain and improve the digital communities you enjoy or depend on.”

Later this week, we’re going to have a more in-depth look at the characteristics of digital citizenship, but the infographic below takes a more student-friendly approach by defining digital citizenship in terms of its actions and habits: using, sifting, mastering, creating–the literal actions that ultimately define the tone of a student’s interactions with their digital environments.

This makes it useful not just as a visual for teacher understanding, but for students to discuss, internalize, and apply themselves. In fact, hanging it in the classroom, computer labs, media centers, and other highly-visible places might make sense as well: the rules of the world of digital networks and social media.

digital-citizenship

72 Comments
  1. Ngoc says

    can I tránlate it into Vietnamese?

    1. Ngoc says

      and I want to share it in my blog?

      1. terryheick says

        Yes, just please link back to TeachThought.com in the first line, something to the effect of “This article was first published on TeachThought.com.” with an embedded link.

        1. Pia says

          I want to define digital citizenship in my PHD research. I am also interested in digital citizenship and learning (in school and outside school). Have you any references/literature of education you can recommend?

          1. terryheick says

            Great question. Hard to know where to start!

          2. Keri Lamle says

            I would recommend anything by David Thornburg. He has been an advocate for responsible technology use since the 1980’s. Digital Citizenship is a theme woven though out all of his books.
            Also, “Curriculum 21 Essential Education for a Changing World” by Heidi Hayes Jacob and “Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology: The Digital Revolution and Schooling in America” by Allan Collins and Richard Halverson.
            If you are looking for videos or training related to Digital Citizenship, then recommend Atomic Learning’s 21st Century Skills videos or NetSmartz has some good resources.
            Wrapping this up… there are also some great blog articles out there. 🙂 like this one!

  2. Adam Babcock says

    I hope I can get a copy of this in all of my teachers’ classrooms!

    1. MrsT says

      Thanks so much. Costco was trying to protect your copyrights. You may want to consider marking items you want to make useable/printable without permission with a Creative Commons license — perhaps printing services would recognize it without requiring teachers to print off a usage notice. But I really do appreciate you getting back to me.

  3. gordan says

    jerry i lub chu

  4. gordan says

    i meant terraki sauce ma bad

  5. gordan says

    #yolo

  6. MrsT says

    I would like to print a single copy of the B&W Digital Citizenship poster for my classroom, but I need permission, a release to print. May I have permission? Or who should I ask?

    1. terryheick says

      Please reprint and share. Exactly why we made it. ; ^ )

      1. Katie Ritter says

        Thanks! This is awesome!

  7. Pal says

    Hi! I would like to translate it into Spanish. May I have your permission?

    1. terryheick says

      Sure.

      1. bob says

        if you realy want to

      2. Jose Rodriguez says

        @Pal if you have a Spanish Translation can you forward a copy to me @edtechjoe on twitter, GRACIAS 🙂

  8. Katie Ritter says

    This is great- thank you so much for posting. I’m planning a Digital Citizenship Day for our 9th-12th grade students at the end of February, and I’ve been wrestling with defining/simplifying the idea of the term “digital citizenship’ for our students (and teachers). This is perfect! We’re starting the day with an all school assembly and then progressing through normal schedules, where each department is covering a topic/area of digital citizenship. Read more about the progress of the day here: http://talktechwithme.wordpress.com/tag/digcit-day/.

    Would it be alright if I used the first image in your post (with the definition on it) for some of our materials for the day? I would like to make a poster out of it to hang in classrooms.

  9. Melissa Sisz says

    How can I bets print this in its present form?

    1. terryheick says

      Copy/paste?

  10. Lisa Wilson says

    Typo in the Access block – ‘supposed’ to, not ‘suppose’ to.

  11. fag says

    THIS IS SO FUCKING GAY WHO FUCKING CARES

    1. pole smoker says

      yea that is so true

  12. Abdur Rafay says

    great info 🙂
    can i use your info for classwork

    1. terryheick says

      Yes, please do.

  13. elizabethfranco says

    .uujthgnn mfbbn fb fbf

  14. elizabethfranco says

    Hi

  15. felica gibbs says

    Thanks! This is great! Can I use for church?

    1. terryheick says

      Sure.

  16. Awesome Person says

    Hey this is so amazing thanks for your help one my homework!!!

  17. some awsome person says

    COAL COOL

  18. some awsome person says

    School is cool

  19. some awsome person says

    23 commens

  20. Marquez says

    There is a real need to engage as a citizen of this digital age. Very important to me.

    It’s my goal to ensure that I am respecting and engaging in a inspirational way.

  21. bob says

    i was all like taco

  22. Jody Velde says

    Hello! I am presenting at TCEA 2015 about a digital citizen PBL my students did. Can I use your digital citizenship definition image above (with credit given of course) as a discussion piece for my presentation?

    1. terryheick says

      Yes, of course!

      1. Jody Velde says

        Thank you so much!

  23. Joy Rosario says

    Would like to add Create, after all that is what we all do, including me in this message

  24. Jennifer Smith says

    Great post and I love the chart is it okay for me to use this as reference in my Soft Chalk presentation, I would like more specifically to use the chart…I am a student working toward my teaching degree. Thanks!

  25. […] of our favorite definitions of digital citizenship is as follows, “The quality of habits, actions, and consumption patterns that impact the […]

  26. […] It's time that we start using those brains. We must mix head knowledge with action. In my classroom, I use two essential approaches in the digital citizenship curriculum that I teach: proactive knowledge and experiential knowledge. Proactive Knowledge. Course: Digital Citizenship Unit. Definition Of Digital Citzenship. […]

  27. […] appropriate online behaviour.  For a better understanding of digital citizenship check out this blog.  This should be taught well before allowing students to bring devices to school and definitely […]

  28. […] reputation | Office of the Children's eSafety Commissioner. A Tale of Two Footprints. Definition Of Digital Citzenship. The Definition Of Digital Citizenship by Terry Heick As more and more students interact […]

  29. […] If you’ve done any amount of research into how to engage students and parents online, chances are you’ve bumped into the phrase “digital citizenship.” It’s a buzzy catchphrase for a simple concept: Engage others online with respect and empathy. Or, treat people online as you’d treat them in the real world. […]

  30. Others | Pearltrees

    […] Definition Of Digital Citzenship. The Definition Of Digital Citizenship by Terry Heick As more and more students interact digitally–with content, one another, and various communities–the concept of digital citizenship becomes increasingly important. Which begs the question: what is digital citizenship? Well, first citizenship, which is formally defined as “the quality of an individual’s response to membership in a community.” This makes citizenship far more complex than a simple legal matter, but rather one that consists of self-knowledge, interaction, and intimate knowledge of a place, its people, and its cultural history. […]

  31. […] Definition Of Digital Citzenship. The Definition Of Digital Citizenship by Terry Heick As more and more students interact digitally–with content, one another, and various communities–the concept of digital citizenship becomes increasingly important. Which begs the question: what is digital citizenship? […]

  32. […] What is the definition of digital citizenship?  […]

  33. […] What is the definition of digital citizenship?  […]

  34. […] What is the definition of digital citizenship?  […]

  35. […] What is the definition of digital citizenship?  […]

  36. Ruksis780

    ruksis 102

    ruksis 103

  37. […] Creativity. Digital Learning – EdTech. Definition Of Digital Citzenship. […]

  38. […] Mia MacMeekin’s visual representation of the components of digital citizenship. According to Terry Heick’s write-up on Teach Thought, the infographic presents the definition of “digital citizenship in terms of its actions and […]

  39. […] about the norms of acceptable, responsible behaviour, with regard to technology use. In the article The Definition of Digital Citizenship, Terry Heick describes digital citizenship as “The quality of habits, actions, and consumption patterns […]

  40. […] Do Now: Search for the definition for the Word of the Day and capture it in citelighter, then paraphrase it in your own words.   Word of the Day: Digital Citizen […]

  41. […] sebagai “the norms of appropriate, responsible behavior with regard to technology use”. Sedang Teachthought.com memberikan rumusan kewaragaan digital sebagai “the quality of an individual’s response to […]

  42. […] The Definition Of Digital Citizenship […]

  43. […] image taken from: /the-future-of-learning/digital-citizenship-the-future-of-learning/the-de… […]

  44. […] Definition Of Digital Citzenship. The Definition Of Digital Citizenship by Terry Heick As more and more students interact digitally–with content, one another, and various communities–the concept of digital citizenship becomes increasingly important. Which begs the question: what is digital citizenship? Well, first citizenship, which is formally defined as “the quality of an individual’s response to membership in a community.” […]

  45. […] Heick describes Digital Citizenship as “The quality of habits, actions and consumption patterns that impact the ecology of […]

  46. […] Being a "good digital citizen" is a broader concept than being able to critically analyze online information. Here's an example article that discusses it – and pretty much all of this was being discussed in our school district when they adopted a new technology plan, with plenty of mentions about how our area is behind the times on this: Link. […]

  47. […] why schools should take a lead by promoting digital and social media literacies curriculum, and promoting digital citizenship inside and outside of the […]

  48. vinyl skin sticker

    free classified ads uk

  49. […] The Definition Of Digital Citizenship | TeachThought. The Definition Of Digital Citizenship by Terry Heick As more and more students interact digitally–with content, one another, and various communities–the concept of digital citizenship becomes increasingly important. Which begs the question: what is digital citizenship? Well, first citizenship, which is formally defined as “the quality of an individual’s response to membership in a community.” […]

  50. […] Heick describes Digital Citizenship as “The quality of habits, actions and consumption patterns that impact the ecology of […]

  51. […] The Definition Of Digital Citizenship | TeachThought – The Definition Of Digital Citizenship. by Terry Heick. As more and more students interact digitally–with content, one another, and various communities–the concept … […]

  52. […] The Definition Of Digital Citizenship – Revising that might more clearly articulate the differences between physical and digital communities, so a decent definition of digital citizenship then might be … the rules of the world of digital networks and social … […]

  53. […] What is the definition of digital citizenship?  […]

  54. […] TeachThought – Definition of Digital Citizenship […]

  55. […] to educate myself a little on what exactly “digital citizenship” meant. According to Teachthought.com Digital Citizenship is “the quality of a response to membership in a digital community” […]

Leave A Reply