My thoughts on digital citizenship have definitely changed. As I look back on my old brainstorm graphic, I see I mainly thought of digital citizenship as our precense (through email, social media, etc), which yes is a PART of citizenship, but doesn’t cover the whole definition. As we all know by now the definition is complicated and there are many facets to being a digital citizen. The readings in this collection make me look at our interactions in this realm called the Internet more holistically.

First and foremost, I think of TOOLS. Tools continue to evolve to make the skills needed to navigate the Internet easier. Whether it be touchscreen that helps up open a new window/tab faster or premade plugins or themes on our WordPress site. These tools either enable skills or save time on skills you would’ve had to learn otherwise.

Then I think of SKILLS, which can start from basic navigating to being a digital maker and master coder. There are so many digital skills that it’s hard to encompass them all individually in a timely educational environment, unless there is complete immersion curriculum, such as having a “domain of ones own”.

ACCESS, Bali’s reading opened up my eyes to this. There are so many power dynamics on the Internet, from paying to lease (not own) your domain to the power of Internet access itself or even who has the power to control what we mainly read on the Internet, on sites such as Wikipedia.

PRECENSE (as I mentioned earlier) social media accounts, email, school. Presence also includes what we do with our time on the Internet (read news, shop). This is all data on our “citizenship”.

VALUES. What kind of advocacy do we do through the internet on issues ranging from local to worldwide? Do you just share Facebook posts or do you use the Internet to communicate with your senator about your views of a certain issue?

And lastly, I think of WEB LITERACY, which I think takes digital literacy to another level. What is your truth? What do you define as truth on the Internet? Are you complacent with your biased new sources or do you read up alternative views on the issue? Do you easily believe what you see online or do you question and research to find out the validity?

Of course, this is not all that defines digital citizenship, but it’s what I have learned to view it as thanks to this collections readings.

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