In light of the tremendous advancements we are currently witnessing, particularly in the field of technology and communication speed, and the impact this left on individuals or society as a whole, we are living today in what is known as the digital world.
Digitization is the transformation of written and oral communications into electronic messages that are understood by all, which is done through the internet, highlighting the enormous potential it has provided to the world.
A digital citizen is a person who has the skills and knowledge necessary to navigate the digital world and positively use digital technologies, as well as keep up with scientific development, especially now that the internet represents an integral part of any civilized development process.
Therefore, digital citizenship helps assess the quality of the individual’s response to membership in the digital community, and it requires the participation of all members of the community, in digital literacy, online etiquette, and safety, as well as the consumption of digital content that benefits everyone.
However, digital citizenship does not mean only mastering dealing with modern digital technologies, but rather following a set of guidelines that help demonstrate a sense of responsibility, awareness, and wisdom when using modern technology, therefore, digital citizenship is not fixed, but a constantly changing and evolving concept.
A good digital citizen distinguishes right from wrong, contributes positively and thoughtfully to his society, and uses technology carefully while making wise decisions, especially as the digital world expands and develops.
Now there is a digital society, which provides promising opportunities in various fields, including entertainment, education, employment, and social networking, and there lays the importance of digital camps, which seek to nurture future generations, shape their personalities, develop their character and their knowledge in the world of digital technologies, support friendship, cohesion, and self-reliance, as well as cultivate creative talents by providing them with exceptional opportunities to discover and develop their talents, while developing good customs, values and life skills suitable for the UAE’s environment and history.
These types of camps and workshops offer various programs that support the directives of the UAE, and help strengthen the Emirati national identity and societal values, instilling the elements of good citizenship and the wise use of the Internet, in a manner that contributes to creating an interconnected global community, accepting of others, and rooted in the concept of dialogue and tolerance towards others regardless of religion, gender or race, as well as realizing the importance of lifelong learning, and keeping up with the latest concepts and variables related to the digital world, and educating oneself and others to make better and wiser decisions when using the Internet.