Digital Citizenship…does privacy exist on the internet?

I’m not sure that there is an expectation of privacy for most people on the internet anymore.  We hear stories of people’s accounts getting hacked, private information being shared, or even people having  their identity stolen on a pretty regular basis.  Even when people take the time to copyright their material, it can be changed, or used in a way that wasn’t intended by the original author.  It can be downright scary!    As Williams states, “while the internet promises endless convenience to our homes and lives, it has significant implications on personal privacy”. (para. 1)  He goes on to say that “the amount of data collected about each and every one of us via our connected devices is increasing exponentially. This data can be used to paint a picture of our lives in more detail than ever before”.  (para. 6)

With this in mind we need to each take a stand on our own beliefs and action in the digital world.  First, it’s important to note that we do have some control over our privacy.   Ensuring that we safeguard passwords, use firewalls on our computers, and don’t share personal information with just anyone, or any website, are all good ways to protect ourselves.  Secondly, we need to start practicing good digital citizenship ourselves, which is a concept that helps technology users to use technology in an appropriate and respectful manner.  It includes an understanding of such topics as digital etiquette, digital rights and responsibilities and digital security to name a few.  It really is about how we should “act” online.  Because technology is ever more accessible and being used so frequently, we need to continually assess and determine our priorities in terms of digital citizenship. (Ribble, 2011)

My personal digital citizenship statement:

“I will act safely, respectfully and responsibly online so that the digital footprint I leave behind is a positive one, and promotes best practices in the digital world”.



Ribble, M. (2011). Digital Citizenship in Schools. Eugene, Or: International Society for Technology in Education [ISTE].

Williams, J. L. (2016). Privacy in the Age of the Internet of Things. Human Rights, 41(4), 14.


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