Digital Citizenship

Addressing the 21st century skill of digital citizenship is important at both school and home. It's never too early to teach digital citizenship.  With the implementation of technology we strive to ensure our students are not just digital users, but digital leaders.

In a joint statement, the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the Fred Rogers Centre believe:

"Digital Citizenship is an important part of digital literacy for young children. Digital Citizenship in the context of early childhood programs refers to the need for adults to help children develop an emerging understanding of the use, misuse and abuse of technology and the norms of appropriate, responsible, and ethical behaviours related to online rights, roles, identity, safety, security and communication."

It takes a team to prepare today's digital citizens. Parents, teachers, counselors, and administrators must work together to help ensure today's learners are intelligent and empathetic digital citizens when navigating through the online world.

As one of the 2016 ISTE Standards for Students, digital citizenship is a key skill for living and working in a connected world.  Ask us how you can integrate and embed Digital Citizenship right into your curriculum.  

Staff Professional Development

Staff will promote and model digital citizenship and responsibility based on the Nine Elements of Digital Citizenship by Mike Ribble. Ribble believes in the inclusion of curriculum addressing digital commerce, digital etiquette, digital rights and law, online security, as well as health and wellness issues associated with using connected devices.

A great resource for staff and parents is Common Sense Education. This web resource contains digital citizenship and digital literacy interactive games and activities to empower students to use technology responsibly, safely and effectively. The website also includes reviews and ratings on many edtech websites and activities, quick how-to-videos, and easy to implement lesson plans.  There is also an extensive toolkit for professional development at a school level.

Strategies for Implementation at the School Level

  • Staff communication (staff meeting, pd session, etc.) to inform staff that these outcomes and documents exist and what they mean if needed.)

  • As a staff create or agree upon an existing scope and sequence of activities that address digital citizenship topics.

  • Develop teacher-leaders or mentors to work with staff and students together.

  • Provide staff with ongoing training during their work day. It could include team teaching, in-school professional development days, observation, coaching and adequate time to become comfortable with digital culture.

Kindergarten - Grade 2

Grade 3 - Grade 5

Grade 6 - Grade 8

Grade 9 - Grade 12

Games & Interactives

Digital Passport: Grades 3-5

Introduce students, to DIGITAL PASSPORT™, Common Sense Education’s award-winning suite of engaging games that address key issues facing kids in today's digital world. Teach critical skills related to digital safety, respect, and community. Teachers receive robust reporting of individuals and groups’ gameplay. Each of the five games include videos, three levels of gameplay, collaborative offline activities, teacher wraparound materials, and aligned Digital Citizenship lessons.

Digital Compass: Grades 6-9

Learn the fundamentals of digital citizenship through animated, choose-your-own-adventure interactive experiences, designed for grades 6-9. Invite students to explore digital dilemmas, make good (and not-so-good) decisions, and try out possible solutions through stories and mini-games – all without risking their real-world reputations. Discover how Common Sense Education’s award-winning digital literacy and citizenship curriculum seamlessly integrates into blended-learning environments.

Digital Bytes: Grades 6-12

Digital Bytes teaches teens digital citizenship through student-directed, media-rich activities that tackle real-world dilemmas. Teens learn from the experiences of their peers then create collaborative projects that voice their ideas for making smart, safe choices online.

Additional Digital Citizenship Resources

Connecting Families

Common Sense Education is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and empowering schools and families to help kids harness the potential of technology for learning and life.