Digital Citizenship


Instructors and students must make themselves aware of the ethical and copyright considerations when recording, submitting, sharing, posting, storing and otherwise manipulating video content for assignments and learning activities.

Digital Citizenship is about how we act online – what we say and what we share – to make a safer and more enjoyable online community.

This can be looked at in terms of safe, savvy, and social digital practices.

— Safe practices are about protecting yourself and protecting others online

— Savvy practices are about educating yourself and educating others online

— Social practices are about respecting yourself and respecting others online

Before recording any video for a class assignment, ask yourself the following questions to help determine how best to approach the assignment and what preliminary actions must be taken before recording.

— What is the purpose of the video recording?

— Who will do the recording and what equipment will be used?

— Who will be recorded in the video?

— What will be recorded (e.g., identifiable information such as faces; what skills)?

— Where will students be recorded (e.g. university; home)?

— How will the video be stored (e.g. encrypted usb key, password protected laptop or course Moodle site)?

— Who owns the copyright? Generally, student(s) will own the copyright in their newly created works.

— Where will the video recording be shared among students and instructor (e.g. YorkU email, course Moodle site; Youtube link): if stored and shared online through youtube or vimeo, establish the access and privacy setting of the video (e.g., ‘public’, ‘unlisted/link only, ‘private’).

— Who and how the video will be deleted or destroyed (if deletion is required)?

— How long would the video be used for and by whom?

— What will be done with the video after course ended?

Do you know when to use a Media Release?

Are you planning to use video for teaching and learning at YorkU? Here is a series of question to help you consider if you need a media release. It will take you 2 minutes to complete. The questions are designed to help you understand when a media release form is required and provide you with links to resources available through YorkU that are relevant to your specific situation. All advice provided is for information purposes only.

Be safe; understand how data is stored and retrieved. Protect yourself and others by taking security seriously.

Be savvy; learn how the technology you are using operates. Ask questions if you don’t understand.

Be social; respecting boundaries and differing opinions is paramount in a digital environment. Always ask permission of other people before recording video and be honest about how you plan for that video to be used or shared.



How to trim a video with iMovie?

you can add or remove frames with the clip trimmer.

  1. In the timeline, select the clip you want to trim.
  2. Choose Window > Show Clip Trimmer. The clip trimmer appears over the timeline.
  3. Do one of the following: Extend the clip: Drag the edge of the clip away from its center. …
  4. Press Return to close the clip trimmer
  5. Hide other people faces for privacy

How do I save and store videos using YouTube?

Ensure you understand the privacy and sharing settings if you are using YouTube to host your videos.

  1. Store a Youtube video as unlisted or private? Public? :

How do I save and store videos using Vimeo?

Ensure you understand the privacy and sharing settings if you are using Vimeo to host your videos.

  1. Store a video as private? Public?

How do I save and store videos using a memory stick?

A USB or memory key is a great portable option for storing your videos.

  1. Transfer files onto a USB/memory key:

How do I save and store videos using Google Drive?

Cloud storage is password protected and generally a safe way to store your files and access them from multiple devices.

  1. Getting started with Google Drive:
  2. Uploading files to Google drive:
  3. Sharing files from google Drive:


If you are a York University student and require a media release, please refer to the following.


If you are a York University student and using video recording in the context of a practicum placement, please refer to the following.


If you are an instructor at York University and require a media release, please refer to the following.


If you use video recording in research consult your relevant research ethics board.


If you are recording  copyright-protected works or objects  (e.g., company logo; art work, background music) please refer to the following.


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