Digital Citizenship

What is Digital Citizenship?

Digital citizenship is essentially the use of technology in a responsible and ethical way. Ethics, safety & security, literacy, etiquette, and communication are all major components of digital citizenship.

Digital Citizenship is when a student thinks critically before posting or engaging online with questions like:

  • Does taking this photo respect the subject?
  • Is posting this image online harmful?
  • Have I cited all of my online sources?
  • Am I sharing too much personal information about myself or others?
  • Does this violate the honor code?
  • Is this an invasion of privacy or harassment?
  • Do you understand and use privacy settings on your social media accounts?

The goal of educating Agnes Scott students on digital citizenship is to develop a student with a holistic approach to their online behaviors, which will inturn make the student an effective digital and global citizen.

Ability to practice and advocate online behavior that demonstrates legal, ethical, safe, and responsible uses of information and communication technologies (Greenhow & Ribble, 2009, p. 125).

How is Digital Citizenship applicable to my Digital Portfolio?

Your digital portfolio will include content specifically curated by you. In curating this content it is important to ensure that you cite all sources, even photos and video. Refer back to these copyright and fair use documents for more information. {Add links from D-Center}.

Travel: Most digital portfolios will include photography and narratives about your SUMMIT or Study Abroad trips. It is important that prior to traveling you understand Digital Etiquette in taking photographs and recording information that is planned to be posted online.

Tips on Claiming Your Digital Identity

  • Google Yourself. Often.
  • Acquire a domain name. If you don’t want to pay for a full name, you can use a subdomain at blog, like or
  • Report any harassing or negative images to the social platform or website the postings are displayed.
  • Social Media Personal Profiles: Stay up-to-date on the latest privacy settings and re-tool your settings regularly.
  • Don’t post any harassing or disparaging content on your page even if you are certain it is private.
  • Increase digital content by creating a blog and increasing the blog content.
  • Use professional social media pages like LinkedIN, Github, and Meetup.

How should Digital Citizenship impact my daily technology usage?

Digital Etiquette when Studying Abroad