Digital Citizenship Reflection #2

Just when I think I have a good understanding of technology and the many facets, I am hit with new learning. This I am grateful for. This week, my learning was quite vast. I know how dependent I am with technology and how many others are just as thirty and ravenous for it. I was also aware of how important a positive digital footprint is and how it can greatly affect your life, whether personal or business. What was completely new information to me was net neutrality. This was a completely new term to me and I became instantaneously intrigued by the concept. 

Being someone who doesn’t partake in news daily, I am aware that many life-changing and important issues have the opportunity to pass me by. Net neutrality is one of those things. Net neutrality is not a new conversation at all. Wikipedia (2018) defines net neutrality as the principle that Internet service providers treat all data on the Internet equally, and not discriminate or charge differently by user, content, website, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or method of communication.  Reardon (2015) sums it up by saying, net neutrality is the idea that all traffic on the Internet should be treated equally. I was so oblivious that my use of the internet as I know could possibly be in jeopardy. Learning about net neutrality revealed to me that I needed to pay more attention to what is going on in the world and not take for granted what I viewed as a basic right. I would have never imagined that Internet providers wanted to control our access to the internet. I also would have never imagined that the government, the FCC conducted precedings over these desires. In 2015, the FCC passed laws prohibiting ISPs to charge extra for speed or block legal content. However, in 2017, there was a vote that repealed the regulations that were put in place. Reardon (2017) suggests, “Without FCC rules and oversight, broadband companies, at least in theory, could limit, restrict or manipulate the types of services and voices you experience online.” ISPs have committed to not limit or restrict services, but the point is they could if they so choose. 

As I continued my research into net neutrality and reading an article by McMahon (2018), I learned that this could have a major impact on education. I was amazed to learn that allowing ISP’s to control internet speed and cost could potentially stunt the growth of students learning online as well as technological innovations, was jaw dropping. Education has made tremendous strides with technology with many schools now having the capability of one to one devices and totally online programs. 

Supporters of net neutrality argue it’s about freedom of speech, I agree. My eyes are now clearly open about net neutrality. The more I dig, the more information I find. Cnet has several articles about net neutrality. I intend to read and learn more as well as keep up with the changes that may come from this appeal. I can’t take for granted my access to the internet. 


McMahon, W. (2018, January 29). 4 Ways the Net Neutrality Repeal Could Impact K-12 Education. Retrieved December 1, 2018, from

Net neutrality. (2018, November 29). Retrieved December 1, 2018, from

Reardon, M. (2017, December 14). What you need to know about the FCC’s net neutrality repeal. Retrieved December 1, 2018, from

Digital Citizenship-Reflection#1

Week one for Digital Citizenship was eye-opening. I didn’t know there was a such thing as digital citizenship or that there is so much information out there. Digital citizenship is a necessary component for everyone, especially students to know and understand who engage in the digital, virtual world.

Ribble discusses the nine elements of digital citizenship in his book: Digital Citizenship in Schools as well as on his website- I thought it was interesting that Ribble categorized technology users into two groups: “digital natives” and “digital immigrants”. These are such interesting terms and pretty accurate categories. Digital natives are individuals who have been born into technology and use it in their everyday lives. Digital immigrants are individuals who have to learn how to use technology. Ribble discusses, “digital citizenship is not a new concept in the field of digital technologies.” As I read on in the book, I understood what he was conveying. It is about the social norms and ways to behave appropriately when using technology. The internet is by far not the first technology. It is however, the technology that is heavily relied upon and used across the world for a plethora of means. Ohler’s article speaks volumes when it comes to digital citizenship. He asked the question, should students live two lives or one? When I first began reading the article, I thought to myself, what is he referring to? As I read on, I thought, “Wow!” Students should definitely live one life. Students need to be taught the importance of behaving appropriately online at school as well as at home. I think it is unrealistic and unpreparing to have kids totally unplug at school. Schools should have the responsibility of teaching students how to behave appropriately online and why it is important. Most schools have Acceptable Use Policies as Ribble discussed, however they fail to create curricula that help students understand acceptable behavior and norms. I know at my school we have an AUP, however we don’t teach students about acceptable behavior online and why it’s important. I believe there are many people out there who feel these norms are common sense and don’t see the need or importance of teaching such curricula. This is a terrible assumption to have, and I will admit, I was in that bunch until reading the materials from this week. Ribble (2015) said it best, “Technology leaders should not assume that their policy, simply because it is in place, is helping students.” Cyberbullying, illegal content, scams, and other inappropriate behaviors are not going anywhere anytime soon. We can help our students recognize these things and how to stay away from them.

With digital citizenship, that is the focus, helping students. The development of the nine elements was created to help schools help students. The nine elements are a proactive approach versus a reactive approach. Students can be susceptible to many behaviors in the virtual world if not taught how to avoid, respond, or act appropriately online. The digital world is full of awaiting opportunities from sharing information, research, commerce, and so on. It is our responsibility to make sure those opportunities are reached in a safe manner. Now that I am aware of the importance of digital citizenship, it is my responsibility to bring this knowledge to my school and our students.

Here are some resources to better understand digital citizenship:

  1. http://www.digitalcitizenship.netMike Ribble’s website really delves into what it means to be a digital citizen. There is a page dedicated to the nine elements.
  2. and search the tag digital citizenship. There are some great articles listed that discuss how teachers are teaching digital citizenship. There are also articles about students becoming successful digital citizens.
  3. Youtube-searching digital citizenship. There are so many videos out there about digital citizenship. This would give them an opportunity to see it action.
  4. is a phenomenal website with a plethora of information about digital citizenship. This website also has free lessons for each grade level about digital citizenship.
  5. Brainpop.comSince our school already has a subscription to brainpop, this would be a great resource for teachers. I know brainpop is supposed to be for students, however I have found that I am able to learn a lot from the videos as well.


Ohler, J. (2012). Digital citizenship means character education for the digital age. Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review

Ribble, M. (2015). Digital citizenship in schools: Nine elements all students should know. Eugene, OR: International     Society for Technology in Education