There’s a much larger issue at work here: Our society has failed to keep up with technology. These breaches, which could happen to anyone, are a wake-up call for all of us to think, and act, differently than before. Put simply, as technology changes, you and I need to change, as well.
We’re at a point where we need new life skills so we can safely and fully enjoy the benefits of the Internet. We need to prepare ourselves to use new communications technology, just like when we learn to drive. We go to driving school to improve our safety and the safety of others. Why shouldn’t we do the same when we decide to go online? Ideas like these are embodied in a growing movement known as digital citizenship. Digital citizenship represents an evolution in our norms — the ways we think about our personal responsibility, and the ways we respect and look out for others online.