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Students are spending an increased amount of time online. During this time, they are communicating with their peers, as well as consuming, sharing, and creating content. In the past, banning the use of personal devices and blocking online content was seen as a way to protect students from harmful content and protect the school's technology infrastructure. However, as "Inspiring Education" encourages school authorities to support students to become ethical citizens and engaged thinkers who use technology to create and share knowledge, these policies may need to be reconsidered. As technology becomes more integrated into students' lives and educational experiences, school authorities are exploring digital citizenship as an alternate approach. Digital citizenship encourages students to respect themselves, others and intellectual property, while at the same time learning to think critically about protecting themselves and others from harmful content and behaviours online. Recognizing that students have digital lives and benefit from the use of technology, schools have the opportunity to help students build the skills they need to become responsible citizens in the global online community. This "Technology Briefing" views digital citizenship as being about balancing personal empowerment and responsibility with community well-being. It explains why digital citizenship is important and the role school authority has to play in preparing students to live, work, and share in digital environments.

Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technological Literacy, Citizenship Education, Citizenship Responsibility, Student Responsibility, Internet, School Policy, Student Behavior, Foreign Countries

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