Digital citizenship

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Digital citizenship

Everyone's talking about 'digital citizenship', but what is it?

We use the word 'digital' to talk about computer technology. Being a 'citizen' means that you belong to a group of people.

Digital citizens can use technology to communicate with others online and know how to use the internet in a safe and responsible way.

Are you a good digital citizen? Here are some ways to be safe and responsible online.

1. Stay safe

To stay safe, never give your personal information online, such as your address or the name of your school.

Make sure that you create strong, secure passwords and keep them secret. Don't tell your friends your passwords.

2. Show respect

Just like in real life, it's important to behave well online. For example, if you want to post a photo of someone, make sure you ask for their permission first.

Remember that everybody can have their own opinion. It's OK to disagree, but always be polite!

3. Be kind

Before you post a comment online, stop and think. Is it positive? How will your words make someone feel? Don't say something online that you wouldn't say in real life.

Never forward nasty messages. If you see that someone's being bullied online, tell a parent, teacher or another adult.

4. Be careful

Don't trust everyone or everything online. Remember that people online are not always who they say they are.

Never open emails from strangers, click on strange links or download apps without asking an adult. They could contain viruses. If you're not sure, ask your parents or teacher!


Spending time and learning online can be great if we're good digital citizens. So, be safe, be responsible and have fun!


What other things do good digital citizens do? What do you like doing online? Tell us about it!

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