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Digital Citizenship Classroom Resources

The problem with quotes on the internet is you can never be certain they're authentic. - Abraham Lincoln

Why teach Digital Citizenship?

"Whilst their understanding of the technology that they use is good, their understanding of the consequences and the implications of what they do with the technology is naive."  from SWGfl

There are 9 elements of Digital Citizenship explained below. Teaching digital citizenship is not just one lesson, one lesson won't change student behavior. We need to model it as we teach good digital citizenship. Teaching digital citizenship is the responsibility of the whole community.  Here is a link to some parent resources.

What is Digital Citizenship?
Simply - "
Digital citizenship is all about personal safety, responsibility and appropriate behavior online."   from SWGfl

Two videos explaining the elements of Digital Citizenship -

 Technology Students vs World

Nine Elements of Digital Citizenship

Here the nine elements are broken down by grade levels from the Digital Citizenship webpage

Kindergarten to Second Grade
Digital Etiquette - let's talk about manners

Digital Literacy -learning about using technology

Digital Rights and Responsibility -we have rights and they come with responsibilities

Third to Fifth Grade
 Digital Access -should everyone have access to the Internet?

Digital Communication -how to communicate appropriately online

Digital Safety (Security) - learning to protect our information online

Sixth to Eighth Grade
Digital Law (Copyright, Fair Use) - understanding plagarism and destroying the work of others

Digital Commerce - learning about making purchases online

Digital Health and Welfare - 
physical and psychological well-being in a digital technology world.

A few websites recommend for teaching Digital Citizenship in the classroom.

Be Internet Awesome- Google Digital Safety Resources

Common Sense Media


Office of the Children's eSafety Commission

iKeep Safe 
A playlist of short quick tip videos on various topics.

SWGfl - Education that Clicks
Check out this video- With Friends Like These

Digital Passport
A series of lessons that takes the students through assessing their understanding as they move along.

"At CyberWise we make it easy for educators to keep up with their digital students AND we provide the tools to teach digital life skills in school."


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