Digital Citizenship is effectively and ethically navigating digital dilemmas, including but not limited to cyberbullying, digital footprints, online drama, privacy and security, communication, and overall internet safety; being as good a citizen online as in person. This is in part taken from Common Sense’s explanation of Digital Citizenship.
Digital Citizenship is not just for kids, it's not just cyberbullying, or blocking social media from schools. It encompasses a range of categories to teach citizenship in a digital age—one of the goals of education.
Most of these categories are covered on this page for educators and guardians to look at case studies and conversations surrounding digital citizenship.
Digital Identity explores the way that an online identity can be developed in healthy ways. This covers social media, safety online, privacy, and self-image. Encouraging students to develop a positive and encouraging digital identity is pertinent to maintaining their safety.
- Social Media
- For more information and a forum for guardians to discuss social media concerns and misunderstandings.
- For guardians to connect and learn how to support community conversations about digital use.
- Safety Online
- For educators and guardians to plan gatherings discussing online safety. This resource includes a case study and guide sheet to learn with an online community.
- For tips and small activities that can support students in online privacy discussions—for educators and guardians.
- Digital privacy myths for educators and guardians.
- Privacy and internet safety resources for guardians.
- Gives educators an overview of why it is important to teach students about self-image.
Relationships in Digital Citizenship focus on how online relationships are as present as face-to-face relationships. Students need to be informed of the impact of their digital footprint, how long their information stays online, the impact online behavior has on both peer's and their own personal lives. Teaching empathy is vital to humanizing those that students interact with online.
- Digital Footprint and Reputation- what stays online
- Tips and activities to help educators and guardians discuss cyberbullying. Includes case study and tip sheet.
- A flowchart to help administrators respond to cyber bullying.
- Resources for guardians to learn more about cyberbullying.
- Guide that can be used by educators, parents, and students: Cyberbullying in School: Prevention and Support.
- Communication in online relationships
- Provides educators with an overview of relationships and communication
- Lesson plans and resources for educators regarding relationships and communication. Look for the "Relationships & Communication" option with the message bubble icon!
We live in a world where students find and utilize information online. While this gives students access to an entire world of information, it also gives them access to false information. Through education, we believe that we should teach students how to best use their online resources.
- Etiquette- "the electronic standards of conduct or procedure" (Ribble 39).
- Creative credit and copyright
- A resource for educators and students that provides writing tips and teaches how to properly cite sources.
- Commerce- "the electronic buying and selling of goods" (Ribble 29).
- Information Literacy- understanding if an online source is reliable
- Resources for communication in the digital age.
Protection in Digital Citizenship means keeping students safe both on and offline. The digital world and "real" world are deeply integrated, therefore we need to give students guidance for online living in the same way we teach them how to cross the street, not interact with strangers, etc. They need to understand their responsibility to others online and how to have a healthy relationship with digital activity.
- Health and Wellness - Physical and psychological well-being in a digital technology world (Ribble 49).
- Rights and responsibility - those requirements and freedoms extended to everyone in the digital world (Ribble 46).
- For educators to learn more about digital rights and responsibility.
- Provides educators with resources to learn more about digital rights and responsibility.
- A resource to help educators gain a better understanding of digital rights and responsibility.
- Internet safety
- Provides educators and guardians with an overview of internet safety.
- Privacy and security
- Provides educators and guardians with an overview of privacy and security.
- Project for educators to incorporate social media into classrooms.
- Creative project for educators to use to teach students how to properly use their device.
Ribble, Mike. Digital Citizenship in Schools: Nine Elements All Students Should Know. 3rd ed., International Society for Technology in Education, 2015.
Elementary Digital Learning Specialist