The Internet and its associated technologies, smartphones, applications, social networks, electronic books, magazines, and web pages that provide true or false content, have surrounded everyone's life from seven to seventy. In shortly, everyone; publish everything online and have the ability to travel online without boundaries. The developments in information and communication technologies and the rapid effetcs of ict developments on socio-social structures have begun to attract the perception of being a good citizen to being a good digital citizen. The quality of habits, actions, and consumption patterns that impact the ecology of digital content and communities is called digital citizenship. People have now begun to communicate in online environments rather than face-to-face interaction. This is the perception of being a good digital citizen; the necessity to act by taking into consideration the ethics perception. A digital citizen is a citizen who can criticize when using information and communication resources, knows the ethical consequences of their online behavior, does not misuse the technology, promotes correct and moral behavior while communicating and collaborating in the digital world. In this framework, families should be aware of the importance of becoming a good digital citizen and parents should raise their children's awareness.
We can list the precautions that families can take in this regard:
- Using content filtering programs through service providers
- To control the privacy settings of smart phones, PCs, social networks, etc.
- Explaining the issues that children should be aware of in communication with the people they meet on social networks
- To ensure that children are conscious when sharing their personal information
- Monitor how online environments affect them spiritually and physically
The responsible citizens of the digital world should be caught up!
Technological developments in the 21st century brought responsibility for raising citizenship as well as the responsibility of raising citizens for digital citizens. Although emerging technologies provide us with more opportunities and opportunities to develop existing education and training activities, the false and abusive use of technology outside of school and school is increasing day by day. It is possible to give examples of illegal situations such as downloading illegal music, unauthorized quoting using the Internet, using mobile phones during lessons, playing games from a laptop or a handheld computer during a lesson. As it can be seen, the unconsciousness and lack of education on digital citizenship can lead to dangerous consequences. In some countries, cybercrime is increasing with traditional crimes. Students should be taught how to be a responsible and ethical user and help them become digital citizens. The use of technology according to certain norms concerns everyone in terms of moral and security. Therefore, everyone using technology must be aware of and comply with digital citizenship norms.
With digital citizenship education, it should be aimed primarily to enable students to acquire and develop 21st century skills in accordance with ethical rules. For this purpose, both parents and educational institutions should develop ideas, develop policies and provide training programs on how to guide their students to the knowledge and experience they need to act responsibly online.