Digital Leadership Defined

When I looked up the term “digital citizenship”, the first definition that I found was the following:

…teaching users the rules of good citizenship online; this usually includes email ettiquette, protecting private information, staying safe online, and how to deal with bullying, whether you’re a target or a bystander.

For the past couple of years, I have been really focusing on the notion of digital leadershipand although I have not seen a formal definition of what that would mean, I would like to think of it as this:

Using the vast reach of technology (especially the use of social media) to improve the lives, well-being, and circumstances of others.

I have written about students such as Martha Payne before, as well as teachers who work to empower the voice of their students.  Yesterday though, I saw another great example of how a student is making a difference in the lives of his peers.  In our schools, it is understandable that we work towards (as a minimum) students understanding the notion of digital citizenship, but how often do we stop there?

We really need to push our students to make a change in their world and highlight how social media can give them an opportunity that we never were given as students.  Just being “citizens” online is the average; kids already exist online.  We should be pushing for much more than this.  Hopefully the video below can serve as an example and conversation starter for what a person can really do now to make a difference.



  1. Good thought. I appreciate the approach of helping our students seize opportunities to make a difference instead of merely helping them avoid unsavory or dangerous activities. We know what the challenges are of living in the digital age, but let us also help them embrace the opportunities!

  2. This is excellent; I love it. I have just shared this with our director of character education and our character education teacher to see how we can do something like this. It is such a meaningful, easy, simple thing to do that has the power to make such a difference in people’s lives.

  3. Excellent article and video … we need programs like this in the workforce and communities in general.

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