Global Digital Citizen
Today, we are connected in ways that were once thought impossible, and we now live in a truly global culture. Through technology people share their lives, their work, their sorrows, and their triumphs with the world. We’re a community of billions, and everyone has a part to play. Learn the ways of the true Global Digital Citizen—how to be responsible, ethical, compassionate, and just.
Personal responsibility is about shifting the responsibility for learning away from the teacher and more to the student. The aim of this approach is to develop a sense of accountability for lifelong learning within the student. Fostering personal responsibility includes demonstrating how one governs oneself in matters of finance, ethical and moral boundaries, personal health and fitness, and relationships of every definition.
Global Citizenship involves recognizing and respecting how 21st-century technology and digital media have eliminated boundaries between citizens of the world by enabling communication, collaboration, dialogue, and debate across all levels of society. It encourages the people of this generation to realize that we are no longer isolated—that we are all global citizens. This leads us to become more aware of the issues, traditions, religions, and core values and cultures of our fellow citizens. Global citizenship also promotes tolerance and understanding, linked intimately with acceptance, sensitivity, and humility.
Digital citizenship means engaging in appropriate and exemplary behaviour in an online environment. While carefully-crafted acceptable use policies can be an appropriate solution, this tenet is meant to develop a change in mindset about what it means to be safe in a transparent digital world. The essence of Digital Citizenship is about a shifting of accountability for appropriate behaviour to our students, which fosters independence and personal responsibility.
Altruistic Service focuses on a healthy concern for the well-being of the people with whom we share our world. The ideals behind altruism apply not only to the people we know but also to those we don’t. It includes embracing the opportunity to exercise charity and goodwill for the benefit of others. Altruistic Service provides an excellent opportunity to create relevance and meaningful connections to the real world for our students.
Environmental Stewardship is a demonstration not only of common-sense values, but also of an appreciation for the beauty and majesty that surrounds us every day. This facet of Global Digital Citizenship encourages exploring how we can manage our use of Earth’s resources—taking responsibility and action on personal, local, regional, national, and international levels.