Elements of Digital Citizenship

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Elements of Digital Citizenship

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From exploring the definitions on the previous page you will have noticed that there are many elements to digital citizenship.

Mike Ribble has defined nine separate elements to the concept of digital citizenship.[1].

  1. Digital Access: full electronic participation in society.
  2. Digital Commerce: electronic buying and selling of goods.
  3. Digital Communication: electronic exchange of information.
  4. Digital Literacy: process of teaching and learning about technology and the use of technology.
  5. Digital Etiquette: electronic standards of conduct or procedure.
  6. Digital Law: electronic responsibility for actions and deeds
  7. Digital Rights & Responsibilities: those freedoms extended to everyone in a digital world.
  8. Digital Health & Wellness: physical and psychological well-being in a digital technology world.
  9. Digital Security (self-protection): electronic precautions to guarantee safety.

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Read about these nine elements and consider how these apply to your own work environment.


  1. Ribble, M. (2013). Nine Elements. Digital Citizenship: Using technology appropriately. Retrieved from http://digitalcitizenship.net/Nine_Elements.html