Digital Communication:

The electronic exchange of information

Proper Digital Communication:

The ability to associate with other people online in a way that is safe, appropriate, and beneficial to the online community.

Tips for Proper Digital Communication:

  • Remember that every thing you post or send online has a record. Even when something such as an email or blog post has been deleted, there is usually still a digital record. Be smart. Do not post or send anything that you may want to later get rid of.
  • Think positively. Negative posts towards a person or association of people can cause a number of negative side affects. Also, do not personally attack or hurt another individual emotionally. Think before you send.
  • Do not post your personal information. While today's society revolves around social media and sharing, remember that anything you post online can be accessed by a number of people. Abstain from giving out your personal information or phone number to outside resources or strangers.
  • Use technology at the proper time. When in the work place, classroom, or social situations, it is often thought of as rude or inappropriate to have out a cell phone or to be on a social networking site. Keep personal digital communication such as texting, tweeting, or IMing to a minimum within any type of formal setting.
  • Do not add a friend or follower request from someone that you do not know. Though you may have a mutual contact, there is no sure way to determine whether or not they are a safe source.

Positives of Digital Communication

1) Provides methods of communicating with someone from almost any location.
2) Distance between two people does not affect the opportunity to communicate.
3) Most sites make it easy to avoid or ignore others through privacy settings. (Though be careful! Not everything is kept private and many privacy settings are able to be worked around!)
4) Allows people to create great contacts with people outside of their immediate community.
5) Creates a great way to share educational or instructional information for those who seek it.
6) Helps many people have the opportunity to work from home if need be.
7) Creates a positive outlet for those who want to share resources and personal experiences through blogs and social networking.

Digital Communication in the Classroom

Digital Communication can be a great resource for the classroom! This type of communication can provide a positive way for students to not just communicate with their teachers, but fellow students as well. Also, using sites such as blogs, Wiki spaces, Google docs, and many other options, can provide a way for students to share the information that they are learning with the rest of the world! Below are a few resources for those interested in Digital Communication, including tips on how and why students should and can be safe when communicating through technology.

Digital Citizenship: Addressing Appropriate Technology Behavior
A resource to help students understand current cultural and ethical issues in technology, practice responsible and safe use, and develop a positive attitude towards the use of technology in the classroom and their everyday lives.

Digital Literacy and Citizenship in the 21st Century: Educating, Empowering, and Protecting America’s Kids
A pamphlet on the importance of teaching young people how to properly use technology, and what we can do to promote it in our schools.

Sexual Violence: Digital Communication and Safety
Lesson plan regarding the proper use of digital communication for students grades 9 through 12.

Digital Communication Quiz


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