October 25, 2023
We all have a role to play in our online world, and we are all digital citizens. The second annual Digital Citizen Day will take place during Media Literacy Week on October 25, 2023, encouraging all Canadians to spread positivity online using #DigitalCitizenDay.
What is digital citizenship?
Digital citizenship is the ability to navigate our digital environments in a way that’s safe and responsible and to actively and respectfully engage in these spaces.
Although we live and interact in the digital world in a similar way to the offline world, we’re not always as mindful of our actions online.
Here are some examples of how we can all be responsible digital citizens and help build a better online world:
- Remembering that there’s a real person behind the screen
- Reaching out to help if you see someone being cyberbullied
- Pushing back against hate and prejudice online and reporting it
- Using digital tools to be an active citizen in your community
- Being mindful of your digital media use
- Checking reputable sources before sharing info
- Using tools, settings and preferences to manage online privacy
- Respecting other people’s privacy when sharing things online
Find more examples of digital citizenship here.
How can I get involved?
Spread the word on social media using #DigitalCitizenDay. Share how you spread positivity online and tag us @MediaSmarts in your posts so we can share them!
Are you an educator or community organizer? Plan Digital Citizen Day activities for your organization or classroom using the resources in the Teachers’ Hub and use the printable poster below.
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