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Author: Kathleen Johnson

In this lesson, you will learn about the 9 elements of digital citizenship. Specifically, the Digital Commerce
element of digital citizenship, why Digital Commerce matters, and what Digital Commerce looks like.

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Hello, everyone. I hope you're having an excellent day. Today, we're going to talk about the concept of digital commerce. And for today's quote, I have chosen a little ditty by Simone de Beauvoir. She was a French writer and feminist in the early 20th century, and her quote is "buying is a profound pleasure."

And I think that's absolutely true. Buying can be really fun. And the beauty of the internet and technology is that buying has become much more simple, but there is still a lot we need to teach our students about digital commerce. And that's what we're going to talk about today.

So by the time you're done with today's lesson, you will be able to summarize the nine major elements of digital citizenship. You will be able to describe the specific element of digital commerce. You'll be able to discuss why knowledge of digital commerce is important for you to know and then what is important to identify the parts of digital commerce that you want your students to be learning.

Now when we look at digital citizenship, we see that there are nine major elements to help make up digital citizenship. The first of which is digital access. Digital access has to do with the access that students in your classroom have or don't have to these technological devices and the way in which you as a teacher have to adapt in order to help your students of all access means become a digital citizen. The second major element of digital citizenship is digital commerce. This looks at the way in which we buy and sell things using new technology as a medium and what we as teachers need to communicate with our students concerning buying and purchasing online.

The third major element of digital citizenship is digital literacy. This looks at how fluent we are, both we as teachers and our students, in the use of new technology. This looks at fluency both in and out of the classroom. The fourth major element is digital etiquette, focusing in on some of the norms our society has established for how we interact online and how we use these new technologies.

The fifth element of digital citizenship is digital law. This takes the elements of digital etiquette one step further and focuses on the law pertaining to our interactions on the internet. The sixth and seventh elements of digital citizenship are our digital rights and digital responsibilities. These elements focus in on the rights that we as teachers and our students have as we interact online and the responsibilities that come with those rights.

The eighth element of digital citizenship is digital health, which looks at the way we are protecting our health and well-being given our new modes of communicating and interacting with the internet. This looks at how we are affected both physically and emotionally. And the final element of digital citizenship is digital security, focusing in on what are the elements that are put in place to help protect us as we interact online and become fully fledged digital citizens.

So let's take a look at what digital commerce is. Specifically, digital commerce is the buying and selling of goods electronically. Now this is something that happens more, and more, and more as our technology advances. In fact, there are a number of studies that show that the electronic purchasing power that people have is far more common than actually going in and buying things in the store.

But digital commerce also refers to our new found need now to protect our financial information. Since we're putting much more out there than we ever did before about our personal finances, digital commerce involves us learning a little bit more about how we can protect that financial information so that if a company gets hacked that we are able to protect ourselves. So why is digital commerce important? What specifically is important for us to know?

First, it's important to know that it is incredibly common. Like we said before, there are many, many, many transactions that occur electronically. However, there are goods and services found that are illegal or unethical, and it's important for us to know how to decipher between these two types of services. It's also important to know that all digital citizens should be working towards safe, secure, commerce online.

As our society continues to develop to one where more and more commerce is done online, it's important that for us to be good digital citizens we should be making sure that our interactions are safe and secure. Students should learn to become careful and effective electronic consumers. So what is it that we can teach our students specifically about digital commerce?

First, to navigate commercial sources online. Since a greater share of the global market is being done through digital means, it's important that students understand the best ways to navigate that. It's also important as we're removing a lot of finances online to be a fluent user of online banking. This can be beneficial in many ways. It allows for quick and easy access to information about your banking funds.

It also helps to facilitate online commerce, but it's important to know that when you put all of that information online, you need to make sure you're working with a lender or a banker that has all of the protections necessary. Your students need to be aware of how to protect their financial information and communications. There are many things that students can do on their own part to help keep that information secure, such as making sure that they are protecting their credit card numbers, their account numbers, and passwords, that they're not sharing that information out. All of that can help avoid students identity theft.

Finally, it's important to remember that if students go without these skills, they are more and more likely to experience at the basic end digital inconvenience and to the worst extent identity theft and difficult and severe digital commerce issues that can last with them a lifetime. So now that we've finished, let's review. Now that we are at the end of our lesson, you should be able to summarize the nine major elements of digital citizenship. You should be able to describe what digital commerce is, discuss why a knowledge of digital commerce is important, and then, more specifically, put it into practice and identify what digital commerce elements your students should be learning.

Now I would like to take just a moment for reflection. Now that you have learned about digital commerce, what would be the first step that you might take to begin implementing educational elements of digital commerce in your classroom? Now I want to take a moment for reflection, for more information on how to apply what you learned in this video, please view the additional resources section that accompanies this video's presentation. The additional resources section includes hyper links useful for applications of the course material, including a brief description of each resource.

Notes on "Digital Commerce"

(00:00-00:40) Intro

(00:41-01:05) Objectives

(01:06-03:26) Digital Citizenship Overview

(03:27-04:19) What is Digital Commerce?

(04:20-05:18) Why is Digital Commerce Important to Know?

(05:19-07:02) What Should You Teach Your Students about Digital Commerce?

(07:03-07:24) Review

(07:25-08:26) Reflection

Additional Resources

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