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Digital Citizenship

Digital Citizenship

What is Digital Citizenship?

The DDSB has based our digital citizenship program on the framework set out by Dr. Mike Ribble in his book Digital Citizenship in Schools.  The nine elements of digital citizenship are:

  • Digital Access: full electronic participation in societyd6bc5905bff1b085684942665eec5452.png

  • Digital Commerce: electronic buying and selling of goods

  • Digital Communication: electronic exchange of information

  • Digital Literacy: process of teaching and learning about technology and the use of technology

  • Digital Ettiquette: electronic standards of conduct or procedure

  • Digital Law: electronic responsibility for actions and deeds

  • Digital Rights and Resposibilities: those freedoms extended to everyone in a digital world

  • Digital Health and Wellness: physical and psychological well-being in a digital technology world

  • Digital Security: electronic precautions to guarantee safety



Current Canadian Copyright Law

Internet Resources

Under the updated Copyright Act, students and teachers can save, download and share publicly available Internet materials.  Publicly available materials are those posted online by content creators without any technological protection measures, such as passwords, and without a clearly visible notice prohibiting educational use, such as a watermark.

As always, students must cite the source of the Internet materials that they use.

Creation of a New Product

Students can also use a copyright-protected work to create a new work.  It must be for a non-commercial purpose, credit must be given to the original source, the original work must have been acquired legally and the user-generated content does not have a 'substantial adverse effect' on the market for the original work.

This permits students to use copyright-protected works to create videos, DVDs or mash-ups.