Digital Citizenship

Digital Citizenship

>>So as we connect the next billion users to the Internet, let’s pool our knowledge base and best practices to develop a coherent idea of what it means to be a digital citizen. >>This includes not just the rights of free expression as important as that is, of privacy and the right to remain safe online but also the duties and responsibilities of a full active and engaged citizen.>>Respecting others rights and looking out for other cyber citizens in a civil and respectful manner.>>I think the problem is that parents aren’t educated enough, I think the main priority should be to teach the parents because I think that’s where the problem kind of initiates. >>I think that’s another really big challenge for us, and will also be a challenge in terms of broadband adoption to overcome the fears of seniors about the technology,>>simply because they are unaware of it of felling uncomfortable because they don’t want to make a fool of themselves, not knowing how the technology works.>>The amazing thing about the internet, is that it’s a conversation, its two way communication, rather than the broadcast model and in this two-way communication, >>you really need to educate individuals, children, adults about the information they are providing to minimize their digital footprint, if that’s what they want to do or at least be aware of it.>>The picture pretty clearly says, if you are going to attack broadband adoption, you have to have a comprehensive program, you have to have to go after all of these things>>and I would assert today and actually, I would renew our call for this kind of federal funding and focus that if the stimulus package and the broadband fund is going to be a success,>>the way we need to think about this, is to think about this in terms of broadband adoption and at the very core before we’re gonna get our children online we need to know that they are digitally literate >>Digital literacy, become literate in the digital medium needs to be an essential part of the curriculum for children starting in the first grade >>How about a national digital literacy corps, modeled after, or built within Americorps, that targets that part of the 33 percent that describe relevance and skills as their primary obstacle to going online.>>And you incorporate the volunteerism aspect but you bring training support, and you bring awareness where I think partially the lack of understand of the value for that crowd is part of the problem.>>Do we need some sort of PSAs you there, you know, to parents, what if you are talking on the phone instead of interacting with your kids, I mean, or you are modeling texting while driving. I mean there are so many ways I think we can really engage everyone.>>We need to learn to be good citizens; we need now to develop a sense of ethics and etiquette in the global village as we deal with the dangers of cyber bullies. Cyber stalkers and the growing number of cyber crimes.>>At the same time, we don’t want to put the brakes on this wonderful vehicle from taking us down every new road and opening up a universe of new possibilities that can give many people around the world hope for a better life.


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