Digital Citizenship

Our kids are living their lives online in a culture of global connectedness. We need to teach them how to work, play, foster relationships, create, innovate, evaluate and use information in meaningful ways, how to collaborate, how to be productive, and how to function ethically and safety in their online lives.

The links on this page should provide helpful materials and
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that will assist teachers in creating activities that will teach students the skills they need to be successful.

Common Sense Media Provides a full K-12 curriculum complete with lesson plans and supplemental materials. Widely respected for their work in promoting ratings on network television programs, this organization now includes ratings for video games, music, websites, and more. Their mission statement: "Common Sense Media is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology.
We exist because our nation's children spend more time with media and digital activities than they do with their families or in school, which profoundly impacts their social, emotional, and physical development . As a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization, we provide trustworthy information and tools, as well as an independent forum, so that families can have a choice and a voice about the media they consume."

Distribute these FAMILY TIP SHEETS to help parents guide their students to making safe choices when online. Tip sheets are divided into categories by Elementary, Middle School, and High School students as well as by topic.

Digital Citizenship Resources Wiki
This wiki was created as a companion resource for the book Digital Community, Digital Citizenship by Jason Ohler (Corwin Press, 2010), as well as a general resource for anyone interested in the issues of digital citizenship. Join the wiki and add resources that you find for all to share.

For teens:
Have them read this article! 12 Things Students Shouldn't Do On Social Media