Digital Citizenship in an Increasingly

Digital World

The growing proliferation of content, images, and social spaces online means that it's easy to, knowingly or unknowingly, misuse or abuse the digital space and those in it. Instilling the three pillars of respect - respect property, privacy and people's feelings - is the focus of this final week.

Being a good digital citizen is more than just knowing your way around the web. It's about connecting and collaborating in ways you didn't even know were possible Read below for information on this week's topics:

  • Being a Digital Citizen
  • Cyber Bullying
  • Privacy Breaches
  • Illegal Downloading
Being a Digital Citizen What is a Digital Citizen?

Respect People's Feelings

  • Take a few minutes to “cool down” before replying to something that makes you mad;
  • It's easy to misunderstand what people mean online because we don't see or hear a lot of the things that tell us how someone is feeling, like their facial expression or tone of voice;
  • Start by assuming the best about people, instead of thinking right away that they meant to be mean to you, and then talk to them face-to-face.
  • Don't hide behind the anonymity of Social Media. Don't say something online that you wouldn't say in person.

Respect Privacy

  • Your personal information is valuable, so don't give it out.
  • Whatever you post online — photos, texts, videos, phone numbers — can be copied, can be around forever, and might be seen by people you don't think would see it
  • Making good choices about other people's privacy online.  Don't share anything that might embarrass someone.

Respect Property online.

  • Illegal downloading. If something looks “too good to be true”, it probably is.  It will come with more than you ask for (for example a virus, trojan, or ransomware).
  • Plagiarism is pervasive these days. It's so easy to "Cut and Paste" anything online.  When using the internet for research, make sure you know that copying anything, even a single sentence, can be plagiarism. This can have serious academic consequences.  Keep a record of all the sources used and keep different sources straight.
  • Hacking may be tempting, but breaching privacy is a serious offence.
  • No legitimate website will show recent movies for free. Follow these links to find Canadian sources of music, TV and movies online:

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Cyberbullying It's more common than you think
  • Cyberbullying is embarrassing, humiliating, tormenting, or harassing a person online
  • 42% of youth say they have been cyberbullied
  • 71% who witnessed cyberbullying said they did something about it

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Privacy Breaches How to protect yourself
  • Choose a strong password.  Use a password manager to keep track of logins and passwords.
  • Don't share your accounts with anyone.  Your Langara account contains private information such as academic, biographic and private employee information.
  • When using a shared computer always log out once you are finished.
  • Be wary of phishing emails.  If in doubt, don't do anything until you check that it is legitimate.

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Illegal Downloading Responsibilities and Consequences
  • Learn what content is safe to access or download
  • There are consequences for copyright infringements, downloading malware and plagiarism.  Learn more about Langara's plagiarism policy
  • Content that you download or stream must come from an official source that respects copyright laws ( such as music or movies).
  • Be respectful and responsible when sharing someone else's images or content.

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