Digital Citizenship vs. Global Citizenship


Technology has become an integral part of our lives. It has created a great impact that whether we like it or not, we have become prone to safety issues. Our privacy can be intruded; our social relationships can be affected. But it is not just enough that we keep ourselves safe, we should also possess the skills on how we can act responsibly so as not to pose harm to others.


Are you a Filipino citizen? As a member of a smaller Filipino Community such as a barangay or a subdivision, what are your rights and responsibilities?

Do you use the internet? Are you a member of a cyberspace community? What are your rights and responsibilities as a user of the internet?

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Digital Citizenship vs. Global Citizenship

Since we are considered citizens of community we live in, then as users of the internet we can also call ourselves as citizens of digital world where we live, learn, and work in an interconnected manner. Digital citizenship is an idea that all persons using the internet have civic rights and responsibilities. It centers around safe, savvy and ethical use of technology.

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How do you describe a good citizen?
How do you describe a good digital citizen?
Is there much difference between the two?

Summing up, a global citizen sees the world as a community in which all people live and prosper together. He/she understands that his/her actions contribute to the values of the entire planet and he/she is concerned on how he/she participates in and contributes to the entire world. A digital citizen, on the other hand, adheres to guidelines that govern the ethical and responsible use of technology and acts responsibly in all relationships and interactions in the digital world.

When we mix these two together, it’s perfect recipe for the Global Digital Citizen. A global digital citizen is a responsible, ethical citizen leveraging technology to foster community on a global scale through connection and compassion. The Global Digital Citizen understands that we can govern technology for the benefit of both ourselves and others. It is a citizen that views the world as an interconnected community.. Additionally, the digital citizen realizes that we simultaneously share technological and human experiences regardless of culture, status, or political/religious beliefs (Watanabe-Crockett, 2017).


At the end of the lesson, you should:

  1. Recognized the five tenets of global digital citizenship and the 9 elements of digital citizenship;
  2. Compared and contrasted one’s role as a citizen of a community and that of a digital world;
  3. Shared ways on how one can observe social, ethical, and legal responsibilities in the use of technology tools and resources.

Five Tenets of Global Digital Citizenship

We define the best assets of the Global Digital Citizenship using 5 tenets: Personal Responsibility, Global Citizenship, Altruistic Service, Environmental Stewardship, and Digital Citizenship (Ribble, 2017). These five tenets are the essence of what it means to be a great Global Digital Citizen.

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Read this article written by Watanabe-Crocket (2017) on Why Do We Need to be Global Digital Citizens?

Elements of Digital Citizenship

Digital citizenship is now a component of digital citizenship, and is in fact one of the facets of Global Digital Citizenship. Under digital citizenship, there are nine elements: digital access, digital commerce, digital communication, digital literacy, digital etiquette, digital law, digital rights and responsibilities, digital health and wellness, and digital securities.

Enrich your understanding by watching the Elements of Digital Citizenship.

Read The Top 10 Ways to be a Better Cyber Citizen written by JustAskThales and 2BaseTechnologies


Written Work:

Create a blog entry using WordPress and discuss your answers to the following questions:

  1. What does it mean to be a digital citizen? 
  2. How can you observe social, ethical, and legal responsibilities in the use of technology tools and resources?

Attach your Blog Link in LMS. Read also the posts of your classmates and comment on their ideas. 

Performance Task:

Your interaction with others online shows your identity. Your online social identity is your "digital tattoo". A digital tattoo refers to the record of your actions and communications online and its permanence, like a physical tattoo. Looking back at how you engage in activities online, what kind of digital citizen were you? Reflect on this and draw your tattoo, either digitally or traditionally. Include your output in your blog (written work) and add caption of your explanation. Use #MyDigitalTattoo and #GlobalDigitalCitizen. Attach the link in our LMS

If you want to learn more about writing a blog using WordPress, you may watch the video tutorials below:



What is a Global Digital Citizen?
Ananya Debroy
June 14, 2019

Critical thinking is the fundamental principle of every student and leaders in the present time.

And in the mission of critical thinking what provides as an active catalyst is the help of digital tools. It is through technology that individuals can connect and create a much larger communal picture. One of the characteristic features of a global digital citizen is being curious about the world and being able to explore it digitally.

Digital platform has allowed individuals to stay connected to others to be aware of the self and others too living within the community. The individual is also a contributor, seeker of information and relational citizen who believes in progressing as the world progress with it. In this context, the famous lines of Carl Sagan aptly explain what an ideal citizenry meant? He answered by telling an ideal citizenry is people “with minds wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works.”

Deep insight of the Terminology

To embrace the idea of Global Digital Citizen or be one of it, it is important to understand the concept from a deeper perspective.

There is no denying to the fact that we now live in a hemisphere that is truly a global culture, and through technology, people can share every bit of their experience in life with the world. In this connected community, no individual thrives alone, and everyone has a part to play. But the important point that arises with it is how responsible, ethical and compassionate are we as global digital citizens? And here is where educators across the globe have quickly realized the need for guidelines related to acceptable use of technology.

In actuality, the term Digital citizenship implied much more than just being connected in a community. It is a term that arose to explain how an individual must behave in the online world. It is a conscious responsibility which grew in an individual and spread across globally. The different policies and programs created around the digital citizenship focus mainly on the acceptable use of a system that is enhanced with an educational component about individual protection from online predations and cyberbullying.

As mentors, educators need to first embrace the concept of Global Digital Citizenship and mitigating obstacles that does not allow teachers to be digitally adept professionals. Here in the Twit bellow we find, a primary school teacher talking about fears that does not allow teachers to adopt classroom technology.

In the last few decades, the creation, expansion, and assimilation of the digital world have risen. Earlier there used to be a digital world but that was not highly accessible by the demography as a whole. But now as it has penetrated in every corner of the world, we have started to live in both a digital as well as real world. Life now is guided by digitally connected technology to a large extent. Educating the students about this reality that being a digital citizenship is now a critical component of global citizenship is indeed important.

Critical Tenet of Global Digital Citizenship

Addressing as to how one participates and contributes in the blended physical and digital world is one of the very foundation stone of being a Global Digital Citizenship. With it, the other very significant element of it is how can one influence the digital world to grow citizens in this new reality (digital + real).

So before imparting the guidelines of Global Digital Citizen one has to understand who is a global citizen and who is a digital citizen?

Well, in a global citizen, we find the individual having an attribute to see the world as a community, possesses the ability to comprehend actions that contribute to the value of entire world and one who is concerned about how one could participate and contribute for the benefit of the whole world.

While in a digital citizen we find the individual adhering to the guidelines related to the ethical and responsible use of technology. That person also knows how to act responsibly in all relationships and interactions in the digital world.

Thus, when both the attributes of a global citizen and a digital citizen is mixed, the identity of a Global Digital Citizens is justified in totality. So as an educator, what one must ask themselves is are ‘they digitally competent teachers to build a future ready Global Digital Citizen? Check the twit below for detail.


Bilbao, P.P., (2019). Technology for teaching and learning 1. Lorimar Publishing, Inc. Metro Manila, Philippines.

Chance&Simon. (2017, March 24). Nine elements of digital citizenship. Retrieved from 

Debroy, A. (2019). What is a global digital citizen? Retrieved from

Just Ask Thales. (n.d.). The top 10 ways to be a better cyber citizen. Retrieved from

Madhusudhan, R. (2016). Top 10 ways how to being a good digital citizen. Retrieved from 

Neo LMS. (n.d.). The 9 elements of digital citizenship your students need to know. Retrieved from

Watanabe-Crockett, L. (2016). Global digital citizenship—in 15 minutes!. Retrieved from 

Watanabe-Crockett, L. (2017). What is a global digital citizen and why does the world need them? Retrieved from 

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This WebQuest material was created by Prof Anabel Sta Cruz - Sollano for BSEd and BTVTEd students in CSTC, Sariaya, Quezon.