Jan 252013

Digital Citizenship Tips for Teens by Carolyn Knorr

“For teens, we offer five simple rules of digital citizenship to help them create a world they can be proud of—and inspire others to do the same”.

  • Think before you post or text – a bad reputation could be just a click away. Before you press the “send” button, imagine the last person in the world that you’d want seeing what you post.
  • What goes around comes around –  If you want your privacy respected, respect others’ privacy.  Posting an   embarrassing photo or forwarding a friend’s private text without asking can cause unintended hurt or damage to others.
  • Spread heart, not hurt– If you wouldn’t say it in person, don’t say it on line. Stand up for those who are bullied or harassed, and let them know that you’re there for them.
  • Give and get credit – We’re all proud of what we create.  Illegal downloading, digital cheating, and cutting and pasting other      people’s stuff maybe easy but that doesn’t make it right.
  • Make this a world you want to live in – Spread the good stuff.  Create, share, tag, comment and contribute to the online world in positive ways.