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Digital Citizenship in a Global Context: The Relationships between Young People and the Digital World, the Actions they take and the Issues Associated with those Actions
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, , , , Universite de Moncton, Canada

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Washington, D.C., United States ISBN 978-1-939797-32-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

More than ever, students are exposed to a changing, global and interconnected world, caused by the explosion of information and communication technologies around us. But living in such a world has implications. In order to fully contribute to society by solving political, socio-economical and socio-cultural problems and become true citizens of the digital world, students need to become digital citizens. The present knowledge synthesis study examines the literature on digital citizenship in a global context and proposes a comprehensive model which includes an amalgam of the key components of digital citizenship: hard and soft skills, social aspect, personal aspect, legal aspect and security. It also examines the relationships between young people and the digital world, by analyzing data with the proposed model. Results show that when it comes to the relationship between young people and the digital and interconnected world, the youngsters do not necessarily know how to interpret and understand the information presented to them online, despite the fact that many of them spend a lot of time in digital environments. In addition, they do not seem aware of the possible dangers of using digital technologies, such as the security problems associated with the Internet.

Citation

LeBlanc, M., Furlong, C., T. Leger, M. & Freiman, V. (2018). Digital Citizenship in a Global Context: The Relationships between Young People and the Digital World, the Actions they take and the Issues Associated with those Actions. In E. Langran & J. Borup (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 363-371). Washington, D.C., United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved July 18, 2019 from .

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