Literacy Lecture Series 1.0: “Digital Citizenship: What you need to know”

3RD DAY OF LITERACY LECTURE SERIES with Technology Literacy held on 14th June, 2018

“Digital Citizenship: What you need to know” by Mr. John Madayese.

What is Digital Citizenship?

“Digital Citizenship is a way of THINKING online, BEING online and ACTING online.” It involves having critical thoughts on a real time basis about everything you see and not trusting everything you see. It is being safe with information (PASSWORD), with your information and who you connect with.

Sharing more insights into this, it is acting responsibly in how you communicate and behave. In essence, the Digital Citizenship is a component of the Real-World Citizenship.

What is the MAJOR tool that a Digital Citizen uses?

INTERNET

Three issues of great concern about the internet we would look at- according to www.digitalgrassroots.org

Internet for Security is concerned about being secured on the internet as a digital citizen. There is need for cyber security juts like as a national citizen, you are careful when you interact on the streets and country areas. You have to learn how to be secured on the digital streets to be a good digital citizen.

Internet for Social Life is concerned about the social media that are the roads and houses that digital citizens inhabit. As you go through them and “live” in them, you need to know that you are leaving what is called digital footprints. So, watch what trails you leave.

Internet for Economy is about what we use the internet for that makes us better. For jobs, work, projects, etc. Beware how you deal with scarce resources on the internet.

RESEARCH OUTCOME ON WHAT MAKES A GOOD DIGITAL CITIZEN.

Some young persons who are aware of digital citizenship were asked via a research about “WHAT MAKES A GOOD DIGITAL CITIZEN?”. (The source of the research is www.digitalwildfire.org)

The outcome of the research is really amazing (a video is shared where we are going to analyze the comments)

Some Comments from the Research (excluding their names).

“Social Media is becoming an aspect of everyday life and to be honest, there is not one day where I, myself do not glance at my phone to find out what is going on in the virtual world.”

“The most important aspect of social media is how it allows you to be able to communicate with a range of friends and families, including fellow digital citizens, in different countries.”

“It can help people live for the better- for example, by helping the, to feel less lonely.”

“The anonymous nature of social media posts can create a disconnect.”

“The main rule to follow is that whatever is seen, can never be unseen.”

Thank you and see you at the TOP.