What does it mean to be a good digital citizen?

Being a good digital citizen is knowing how to contribute and take advantage of the benefits offered by this digital life.  Just as a good lover of nature would enjoy the food provided by the land and the trees to build their own house, also takes care of plowing, harvesting more food, planting more trees, etc., so that more people can take advantage of such wonders that eventually run out. It is clear and evident that we live in a world full of technology, but it is not only mobile devices and the latest advances - it is something greater, a digital transformation in all aspects of life.


But that transformation depends essentially on mentality. Understanding technology with all the challenges and opportunities it brings, that is the cultural transformation that determines whether we are truly a good digital citizen. To be a digital citizen is to understand that the rathe digital is an additional experience to what is real that offers opportunities for entertainment, while also demanding duties, rights, and risks.


Understanding this scenario, the digital citizen is that subject that knows how to take advantage of the opportunities of the digital economy,  knows their rights and responsibilities when using technology and communicates or partipicates responsibly on digital forums.


The digital citizen, according to ICDL Colombia, is one who:

  • Use technologies to solve everyday tasks saving time and money.
  • Is prepared to find opportunities for personal and professional growth through the Internet.
  • Performs any basic task on a computer, making use of the Internet and online tools.
  • Uses the technologies to provide solutions to the personal and community needs of the country they are residing in.

Benefits and characteristics of a Digital Citizen

The opportunities and benefits at the time of becoming a Digital Citizen are many:  security, quality of life, greater knowledge, increase the possibilities of entertainment, prepare for the digital economy and more productive life are some of the main benefits.


New job opportunities

Knowing and understanding the new digital economy offers advantages over other candidates or applicants to a job. Having and certifying learning certifications (in this case digital) strengthens any resume and makes the candidate who has much more attractive in a selection process. Additionally, the person who has this knowledge and can accredit them can participate in many more projects and have more possibilities open. A digital citizen can take better advantage of the different opportunities and tools offered by digital platforms to take the initiative or do more business.


It takes better time

The mere knowing of how the internet works and some of its advanced tools can save a Digital Citizen time. You will not waste hours traveling or waiting in line for procedures that can be solved online. You can work from home without wasting hours of travel on public transport, increasing your productivity and increasing the time you spend on your home, your family, and  friends.



Protects identity and information

When Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social services arrived, nobody knew how to use it, and everything went towards an overflow of dangerous information. Everything was published, delivering on a silver platter the most sensitive data for which many people have been victims of crime. Understanding the importance of the data that is shared, the value that privacy has and knowing when to deliver it or not is part of the training that separates a digital citizen from a good digital citizen.


Know where you stand

While the digital environment brings many opportunities, it also brings responsibilities, and a digital citizen knows them. She knows how far she can go, what she can or cannot do, knows her rights and those of others, knows about digital laws and the legal effects that may existm and uses digital platforms to enhance her quality of life and work while also enjoying its benefits responsibly.

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