A digital citizen must have the skills and knowledge to interact safely and effectively using digital tools. In today’s high-tech society, this describes everyone!
Digital citizenship includes digital literacy which can be defined as the ability to locate, organize, understand, evaluate, and analyze information using digital technology (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_literacy). I think of it as critical thinking and resourcefulness! These are key skills our college students need to succeed in school and in life.
For our students’ students, safety, security, ethics, and etiquette are key. “Because they feel anonymous in cyberspace, and seldom see the people with whom they interact, kids behave differently when online. They can become leaders and experts in their areas of interest and can organize others for a cause. They can also be mean or engage in dangerous activities themselves.” (http://www.ciconline.org/DigitalCitizenship/EthicsAndCommunity)
If you are interested, check out these great resources:
Cable in the Classroom http://www.ciconline.org/DigitalCitizenship
Common Sense Media has some free programs for students and parents http://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators