2.3 Citizen

Educators inspire students to positively contribute to and responsibly participate in the digital world.

“Good citizenship in person needs to flow over into good digital citizenship online. It has a lot of the same principles: respect, being kind and meeting expectations.”-Jill Felty

So when I was a child, I was not always the best behaved. I remember one particular incident when I was about eight years old. My mother had a china cabinet where she kept all her fine china. Even when a lot of people use their fine china for special occasions, my mother never touched hers. She only displayed it. I remember one day seeing a light bulb inside the cabinet at the top which was multi-colored. When you turned on the switch, you could continue to turn the switch and another color would light up. I’m sure you know where this is going. One day, I decided to climb up and see what the different colors looked like, so I opened the cabinet and reached up to turn on the switch. On the top shelf, just under the bulb, my mother had fancy wine glasses displayed. Well, when I turned on the light, I stepped off the chair so that I could look at the newly lit cabinet from a distance. As I was stepping down, my arm hit one of the glasses and pulled it off the shelf. It shattered everywhere!

I carefully cleaned up all the glass and decided to rearrange the glasses so that hopefully, my mother would not see one missing. I think I may have gotten away with it for a week. It didn’t take too long for her to realize a glass was missing. I did confess to my “crime,” but I remember my mother, after quite a bit of yelling, taking a deep breath and sighing out a phrase: “One day he will be a productive citizen of society.” While I cannot say I have been a great child from that moment on, I think that I have become a good citizen.

In a blog post titled, “Red and Yellow, Black and White,” I discuss one aspect of good digital citizenship and the importance of taking the time to use technology to improve communities.

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