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Before this course I had never officially heard the term digital citizenship.

I have almost completed a masters in Instructional Technology and am surprised this term never came up. After doing a little research I did realize that I am familiar with most of the concepts of digital citizenship especially digital etiquette and communication. I now know that there are 9 themes of digital citizenship and I can see how each one is important especially in a school setting. The main digital citizenship concept that I have seen in our school district is the use of an internet Acceptable Use Policy. Coffee counties’ policy mainly states when how students can use technology in the school system. Below is a link to the Coffee County 2012-2015 technology plan including the acceptable use policy starting on page 22 of the document. =&SubDepartmentID=&SubP=&Act=Download&T=1&I=179022 A digital citizenship program would be a great positive contribution to our school community and would be a great asset for teachers to have and be able to reference for student use of technology. In schools today digital bullying is a large problem both inside the school setting and outside, as well as being able to communicate with students and parents on a daily basis. If teachers and students are informed of what digital citizenship is and how technology can be used properly and effectively I think it would enable even more positive outcomes from the use of technology. In order to begin this initiative in Coffee County it would first have to be brought up at a leadership meeting and voted on then it could be presented to the professional learning director for implementation in the individual schools or district as a whole.

Digital Citizenship in Schools (2007) by Mike Ribble and Gerald Bailey This link is to a website computer security. They provide helpful links to find antivirus programs to keep your computer safe as well as providing hints how to create a strong password so that your online accounts are protected. Lastly, they also mention how important it is to keep your computer updated with the latest firewalls for protection and to always back up any files that are put online. This is a link to a website about internet addiction which is part of digital health and wellness. They describe what internet addiction is and the many categories it can fall into such as video games, gambling, and infidelity. They also provide resources about recovery and addiction treatment and who to contact for this information. This is a link for a website that offers great resources for digital literacy. The site offers links to past events and upcoming events that patrons can attend including round table discussions about digital literacy. Research and professional papers also available to become more educated about digital literacy and its impact in the educational setting.

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This is a link for a website that offers web resources for digital right and responsibly. The site list several schools that are using technology effectively and shows case studies of how schools are using technology every day to better their classroom. There is also a list of all member schools broken down by state which is convenient if someone would like to visit one of these schools in person to see technology in action. This is a link to the largest internet law library which help to address the digital citizenship concept of digital law. The website offers several tools including a yellow page directory to lawyers that can help with internet law cases, and also resources for national and international internet laws. There is a cost to use this website, but it offers a wealth of knowledge and allows members to ask law questions and receive answers quickly.