The Digital Citizenship Summit is a global network of summits and projects focused on the safe, savvy, and ethical use of social media and technology. The Summit unites organizations, educators, industry, parenting experts, and students to take part in meaningful conversations and take an active role in creating positive digital change on both a local and global level. This multi-stakeholder approach provides an opportunity to address complicated issues surrounding social media and technology use as a community.
The Digital Citizenship Summit Nigeria (DigCitSummitNG) focuses on the positive and includes topics around online civility, media literacy, and empowering students to be engaged digital citizens. The Summit aims to work towards solutions, promote best practices, and empower citizens to “be the digital change.
At the summit, experts on the subject will explain the fundamentals of digital citizenship, highlight current issues in Nigeria’s cyberspace, show how digital citizenship prepares our youth to navigate the Information Superhighway safely and confidently, and finally make the argument why digital citizenship should become a mandatory element of our elementary to senior secondary education.
At the end of the summit, participants would have expanded their awareness on the subject of digital citizenship and know about the excellent resources that are available to help them integrate digital citizenship lessons into their classrooms as well as sharing digital citizenship information with their communities.
Our young people need Digital Citizenship and Media Literacy education to fully participate in today’s digital economy and culture. Stakeholders such as education administrators, parents, teachers, students, citizens and governments at all levels need to work together to educate them about the ramifications of the responsible use of the internet as well as its intrinsic dangers. We all have a responsibility to provide a workable system of digital education that will safeguard and enrich their experience.
So we need every voice to speak on how our young people can use technology and navigate social media safely, responsibly and smartly. And we expect every stakeholder to have a role in disseminating and localizing the idea of digital citizenship in order to fit into the cultural context of our country.
Digital Citizenship Summit Nigeria (DigCitSummitNG) is part of the emerging global communities of Digital Citizenship Summit organizations that is coordinated by The Digital Citizenship Institute. Digital Citizenship Summit Nigeria like The Digital Citizenship Institute is committed to promoting social good through the appropriate, responsible use of social media and technology. We are a diverse group of connected digital enthusiasts who think differently and believe in amplifying the positive and practical applications of learning in the digital age. We partner with authorities at local, state and federal levels, schools, parents and organizations to provide a community approach to digital citizenship.
Digital Citizenship is a concept that helps teachers, technology leaders, and parents to understand what students, children, and technology users should know to use technology responsibly.
It is more or less a preventive measure that helps tip the scales towards positive online interactions and brings Digital about appropriate, responsible behavior with technology.
Mike Ribble, widely acknowledged as the father of digital citizenship defined digital citizenship as the norms of appropriate, responsible behavior with regard to technology use. He explains further:
When I wrote my first book, Digital Citizenship in Schools, with Gerald Bailey, we considered where this might lead on a bigger scale. The idea was to create a framework of defining elements that provide a structure for digital citizenship education on which everything else could hang. As a result, we identified nine key elements that help define how to best use technology in every school, home, and community. They’re organized into three primary categories:
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We support the idea of digital citizenship because we understand the extraordinary influence digital technologies are having in our modern world to the extent that as the interaction between digitalization and the globalization of our planet grows, it impacts the way we live, do business, learn and interact with our planet, and the materials that comprise it. We believe that digital citizenship will be a crucial ingredient for balance in the emerging integration of human and digital mediums.