Rachel Mezzatesta en Communications and journalism, beBee in English, Social Media Co-Founder & CEO • Socially Savvy 10/11/2016 · 2 min de lectura · +800

The Socially Savvy Digital Citizen

Inherent in being a good digital citizen is acting ethically in digital interactions and having a healthy and safe experience.


The Socially Savvy Digital Citizen

Digital Citizen & Citizenship Definitions

  • A person who develops the skills and knowledge to effectively use the Internet and other digital technology, especially in order to participate responsibly in social and civic activities (Dictionary.com).
  • A digital citizen refers to a person utilizing information technology (IT) in order to engage in society, politics, and government participation. In qualifying as a digital citizen, a person generally must have extensive skills and knowledge in using the Internet through computers, mobile phones, and web-ready devices to interact with private and public organizations (Wikipedia).
  • Digital citizenship is the norms of appropriate, responsible technology use. Too often we are seeing students as well as adults misusing and abusing technology but not sure what to do. The issue is more than what the users do not know but what is considered appropriate technology usage (Digital Citizenship).

The Socially Savvy Digital Citizen

The 9 Elements of Digital Citizenship (Respect, Educate, Protect)

Source: Digital Citizenship


Respect Yourself/Respect Others

1. Etiquette: electronic standards of conduct or procedure.

2. Access: full electronic participation in society. 

3. Law: electronic responsibility for actions and deeds.


Educate Yourself/Connect with Others

4. Literacy: process of teaching and learning about technology and the use of technology. 

5. Communication: electronic exchange of information. 

6. Commerce: electronic buying and selling of goods. 


Protect Yourself/Protect Others

7. Rights and Responsibility: those freedoms extended to everyone in a digital world.

8. Safety (Security): electronic precautions to guarantee safety. 

9. Health and Welfare: physical and psychological well-being in a digital technology world.


Student Statistics 

  • 74% of teenagers and young adults currently use Facebook, followed by Instagram use with a 59% share and Snapchat with a 57% share. Yet when teens, whose average age was 16.3, rated their "most important” social network, Instagram and Twitter were given more important ratings than Facebook.
  • 66% of users aged 13 to 24 used social photo sharing app Instagram.
  • Contrary to some beliefs, Facebook continues to be the most popular social media and networking sit