Module 6 – Digital Citizenship

Commentators such as Ribble (2014) and the authors of “Acceptable Use Policies” ( emphasise that school digital policies involve striking a balance between opportunities for communication and access to information and personal responsibility for online behaviour. Ribble (2014) indicates that policies should fall into three categories: respect, education and protection. The authors of “Acceptable Use Policies” suggest a range of topics that should be addressed in policies: use of network, internet safety (privacy, inappropriate content, unwanted contact), filtering and monitoring, copyright and ownership, network security and privacy, disciplinary action, digital citizenship and social media usage.

I am working at an international high school in Shanghai, China teaching students intending to study at universities in North America. Chinese students enjoy using their devices as much, if not more, than students anywhere. Senior staff and parents however view technology as distracting students from the dominant instructional approach at my school. They do not consider digital use in terms of striking a balance between use and responsibility.


Ribble, M. (2014). The importance of digital citizenship: why schools should help young people navigate the digital landscape. District Administration, November, p88). Expanded Academic ASAP, Accessed 6 Jan. 2017.


Author: simonromijn

Science Teacher

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