Summary of Digital Citizenship and Identity by Alec Couros

Digital citizenship 2014

Summary of Digital Citizenship and Identity by Alec Couros

Introductory Comments

Cybersafety Digital citizenship 1.0

Who are you chatting to online

I saw your online pictures

Posting personal information online by itself does not appear to be risky behaviours.

Social networking sites do not appear to have increased the risk of victimization by online molesters.

Sexual predation is a concern and existed before the internet, but is over blown by the media

Bullying and harassment are the most frequent by minors both online and offline

Big 4 control, fear, predictability and vulnerability.

Key Approach

  1. Content
  2. Remix
  3. Identity
  4. Netiquette
  5. Activism


How do approach educating children and adults in a world where the world’s most offensive behavior) what ever that means) is ubiquitous and at most a few strokes away?

  • Chatroulette
  • Snapchat
  • Squawk – chat that has gone wild
  • Clipchat
  • Bang with friends
  • Tinder
  • Sext up kids

How do we ensure that learners are critical creators and consumer of information in all contexts, online and offline?


Re Mix


Not all sharing is illegal and unethical

Creative Commons

Madeon pop culture live mash up

How do we develop a culture that respects and understands both creators and consumers and increasingly limit the distinction between these two groups?


In the past the way we mediated our identities was selective, closed and controlled. The average digital birth of children happens at 6 months

“ In Canada, US, UK, France, Italy Germany and Spain….81% of children under the age of two have some kind of digital profile or footprint.”

All this is

  • Easily copied
  • Instantly shared
  • Easily edited and
  • Viewable by millions


Private by default and public with effort?

Law suits – Chad after the dentist? 2003 the Starwars Kid

Danah Boyd – pay attention to

  • Properties: persistency, replicability, searchability, scalability and delocatability
  • Dynamics; invisible audiences, collapsed contexts, blurring of public and private spaces.

Cameras are everywhere – the world is watching

Everything you do now  ends up in your permanent record. The best plan is to overload Google with a long tail of good stuff and to act  as if you are on Candid Camera – because you are.


How do we help students develop positive digital identities?

“Some of the comments on YouTube make you weep for the future of humanity, just for the spelling alone, nevermind the obscenity and naked hatred “ Lev Grossman @leverus

How do we develop kind and caring citizens, those with integrity in both offline and online spaces?


Facebook Causes

Actions speak louder than like buttons.

Indiegogo – a funding platform

Kiva change a life for $25

Better Project

Respect Point ( my addition)


Free Hugs

What is the role of teachers and schools  in terms of developing student activism


What is your schools approach to social media?

Imagine if we taught our teenagers to drive a car in the same manner we attempt to teach them about social media?

Driving lessons would never take place in an actual car. Driving lessons would only focus on what NOT to do. Driving lessons would be taught by adults with little or no experience of driving.   Dan Haesler

Digital Citizenship

Digital Citizenship

Digital Identity

Digital Identity

Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time” Tagore

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