What Is Digital Citizenship?
This is a guest post by Amanda Knox.
I promise you it’s not! When the internet was invented, people were excited, but they were also scared.
The possibilities are endless! We can share everything with anyone anywhere!
It’s a wild west of uncontrollable information. We can share anything with anyone anywhere? But the internet did not turn into a chaotic wasteland of porn sites, pop-up ads, and credit card fraud schemes, instead it became this incredible tool that has fueled revolutions, brought resources to people who desperately needed it, and even raised funds for a Veronica Mars movie.
But it’s still a dangerous place, and students today are in a unique position to ruin their lives and the lives of others way easier than has ever been possible. Here are some reminders that can help you make sure this doesn’t happen:
- Anyone can see anything that you post anywhere. You don’t care about anything but her number of Instagram likes now, but your grandma will see that picture of you in less than appropriate attire on the beach. Your future boss will too. It doesn’t matter if your photo is on private or your account is anonymous. The internet messes up sometimes and you’re the one that loses.
- The internet isn’t written in pencil. It’s written in ink. Tattoo ink. Even if you hit delete, that picture or post is archived somewhere. It might have been saved as a screenshot. Best to play it safe.
- There are people behind those user names. I’m not going to bore you with talk about cyber bullying. You know the consequences of cruel words, even ones said as a joke. Remember that it’s best to remain courteous at all times. Besides, optimistic posts tend to get more likes anyway.
Basically this “digital citizenship” is just fancy talk for “use common sense, don’t be mean, and don’t ruin your reputation and your future because you want followers.” And that’s something anyone can get behind, right?