When thinking about digital citizenship, we recognise that the term mean digital interaction. Someone who is regularly using the technologies to access the Internet are seen as digital citizens. One of the main 9 elements of digital citizenship is communication. Communication as seen as a massive important aspect of the digital world as it allows individuals to put their points and views across as they may feel that communicating online is much more engaging and interactive. Nowadays, we can speak to whomever we want online with the click of a button, something that we were not able to do many years ago. “Before the Internet came into existence, to communicate with someone who isn’t in the same room as you, you would have to call them on a phone. Or if you wanted to send them a note you had to send a letter through snail mail. With the introduction of the Internet, we now have the ability to send and receive messages through electronic mail- virtually instantaneously and without the need of a postage stamp.” (zonealarm.com, 2015). This allows us to see the major transformation of digital citizenship within the last few decades. The Internet and digital technologies have a variety of choices that enable us in order speak to individuals online, such as email, social networking sites and video conferencing. These technologies give the public the opportunity to keep in continuous touch with our friends and family, and even members of the public we have become familiar with online. Now, we can talk to anyone, no matter how many miles away or no matter what time. Being able to communicate online may be invaluable to some people. Many individuals find it much easier to interact online, rather than face-to-face communication. Online communication gives people the opportunity to get their points across, for example, to their colleagues, as it is a much more relaxing setting. However, we also have to be sensible and conscious about the specific things we say when comes to communicating online. Everything we post online can have a way of getting back to us, even if it has been discarded, so we need to be exceptionally careful when talking to our peers and sharing our views on a topic. Also, sharing our personal information online is also an aspect we need to look at carefully. As we know, what we share or post online can be seen by many individuals online, mostly people we do not know. “With the push of a button or the click of a mouse, sensitive information can be shared unsafely. Warning students about what is appropriate to share through digital channels can prevent embarrassing, costly and dangerous situations.” (Kramer, E. 2013). That is why it is important to keep our personal information to ourselves like addresses and phone numbers as strangers can easily access these. Overall, having the technologies allowing us to be able to communicate online with our peers, family and colleagues is one of the most significant things to happen to society in the past few decades. I know myself that communicating online is an important part of my life, not just for socialising, but communicating with my fellow classmates in order to complete tasks or assignments. “Online college degrees and programs make it possible for students to work during the day and complete their studies from their homes at nights. Those who spend a lot of time traveling due to work can also complete their education in their spare time.” I think being able to communicate online with other individuals is a detrimental and great part of society, but only if we are smart when doing so.
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