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Digital Citizenship

Digital citizenship is the safe and responsible practice of using digital technologies.

All people who interact with digital technologies are digital citizens, however, responsible digital citizens are those who understand the potential risks and issues that can arise when using technology (LillyWhite, 2021).

Responsible digital citizens desire to use technology respectfully, safely, and productively.

9 Focus Areas of Digital Citizenship

Digital citizenship has been divided into nine key focus areas which include:

  1. Digital access
  2. Digital etiquette
  3. Digital law
  4. Digital communication
  5. Digital literacy
  6. Digital commerce
  7. Digital rights and responsibilities
  8. Digital safety and security
  9. Digital health and wellness

Who is your Western North Carolina steward of digital citizenship? Email

Palkki D. Is it time to double down on digital citizenship training? eSchool News. Published July 11, 2022. Accessed July 19, 2022.

Digital Citizenship

Digital Citizenship

Better Stewards of Technology

Has the COVID-19 year has made us more of a ‘critical thinker’ in how we learn and behave online?

Online manners – referred to as digital citizenship; is how we should behave when using digital tools, interacting with others online, and becoming better stewards of technology.

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THINK to become a better digital citizen

Students and adults need to be reminded about the THINK acronym to behave appropriately online:

  • Is it Truthful? 
  • Is it Helpful? 
  • Is it Inspiring? 
  • Is it Necessary? 
  • Is it Kind?

Read more tips for our digital stewardship in the link below.

Salen, K. (2021, May 3). Is digital citizenship the most important takeaway from distance learning? ESchool News.

Digital Citizenship Resources

Common Sense Education on Digital Citizenship

Digital Literacy Curriculum by



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Broadband in WNC Digital Equity Digital Inclusion Digital Literacy Education

Digital Literacy

Computers & K-12 Students

The American Library Association (ALA) defines digital literacy as:

the ability to use information and communication technologies to find, evaluate, create, and communicate information, requiring both cognitive and technical skills

American Library Association

The heartbeat of digital literacy is broadband applied in classrooms on different computer hardware tools including smartphones, tablets, gaming devices, and desktop computers.

This classroom environment prepares young adults to become a digital citizen or individual who applies the internet to participate responsibly in social and civic activities.

Examples of Digital Citizenship

  • Using a computer, mouse or trackpad, audio, etc.
  • Avoiding harassment
  • Critical thinking
  • Ethical use of content

At the Western North Carolina Broadband Project, we advocate for digital inclusion and equity of broadband for all.

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