The ethical digital citizen
In a nutshell:
- Digital citizenship is about responsible interaction with your digital environment and digital communities
- It is about self-respect and respect for others online
- It’s also about giving acknowledgement to others for their ideas or work
Find out more about being a responsible and healthy digital citizen.
Managing our digital lives
In our hyper-connected and digitally overloaded lives it can sometimes feel like we never switch off. It is hard to avoid digital distraction when studying, resting and socializing.
If you find you are perpetually distracted or even addicted there are alternatives to turning everything off. It may be helpful to set yourself some boundaries at key times of the day and especially when studying. You can also use technology to help you fight fire with fire by using email filters, news feeds and other tools to help bring you the most important content first.
There are other ways people are countering the digital overload and beginning a digital detox such as embracing the slow movement and practising digital mindfulness. Have a look at some of the resources in our Explore further section.
Respect for others
Being a responsible digital citizen is also about respect for others online. This is not only about our behaviour and communication. It is also about valuing and respecting the work of others we discover online.
When you use work created by someone else, you need to consider their copyright. This video provides a short introduction to copyright:
When you create your own work you also need to think about how to protect it from being copied by others without your consent. On the Copyright User website you can find out more about what copyright means for you as a writer, musician, filmmaker, performer, visual artist or developer. In this video you can hear from a professional photographer What Copryright Means to her.
You'll find more resources on the Library's copyright page.
In many cases you can avoid infringing someone else's copyright by acknowledging that you have used their work. To do this in academic work you need to learn how to reference your sources. There's lots of helpful information about Referencing on the StudyHub pages.
The effects of Internet Addiction National Geographic 2018
Digital mindfulness Jon Kabyt Zin
In praise of slowness Carl Honore TED talk
Conquering Digital Distraction- Larry Rosen and Alexandra Samuel in Harvard Business Review
Guide to copyright - Intellectual Property Office