Q1 Bill of Rights

6. Cyber Safety Cybershield


To protect yourself, it is important to understand what type of activities are acceptable on the internet and some basic rules to guide your use.  Read the Nine themes of Digital Citizenship, the 10 Rules of Netiquette, and 10 Online Safety Tips. After you understand these items, create a Digital Bill of Rights to answer the question: "What does it take to be a Digital Citizen?"

I Can Statements

  • be safe on the Internet
  • be a good digital citizen
  • understand online and email etiquette
  • be polite while communicating with others on the Internet
  • respect other's privacy
  • create an Internet safety presentation

Key Vocabulary

Cyberspace: Cyberspace is the online world of computer networks and the Internet.

Digital Citizen: Someone who acts safely, responsibly, and respectfully online.

Netiquette: Netiquette is the rules about the proper and polite way to communicate with other people when you are using the Internet. 

Play the Vocabulary Game below to practice the Key Vocabulary

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1. Read the Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship

  1. Digital Access: full electronic participation in society. 
  2. Digital Commerce: electronic buying and selling of goods
  3. Digital Communication: electronic exchange of information.
  4. Digital Literacy: process of teaching and learning about technology and the use of technology. 
  5. Digital Etiquette: electronic standards of conduct or procedure
  6. Digital Law: electronic responsibility for actions and deeds 
  7. Digital Rights & Responsibilities: those freedoms extended to everyone in a digital world
  8. Digital Health & Wellness: physical & psychological well-being in a digital technology world
  9. Digital Security (self-protection): electronic precautions to guarantee safety.

Part 2:  Explore online etiquette by reading the "10 Rules of Netiquette". The Core Rules of Netiquette are taken from the book Netiquette by Virginia Shea. Click on each rule to learn about good manners when writing on the internet. As you read these rules, ask yourself "Why are they important?" Can you think of any others that could be added to this list?

  1. Rule 1: Remember the Human
  2. Rule 2: Adhere to the same standards of behavior online that you follow in real life
  3. Rule 3: Know where you are in cyberspace
  4. Rule 4: Respect other people's time and bandwidth
  5. Rule 5: Make yourself look good online
  6. Rule 6: Share expert knowledge
  7. Rule 7: Help keep flame wars under control
  8. Rule 8: Respect other people's privacy
  9. Rule 9: Don't abuse your power
  10. Rule 10: Be forgiving of other people's mistakes

Part 3: Review the following 10 Online Safety Tips with your teacher:

  1. People can save what is said online
  2. Only say what you’d be willing to say in person
  3. Don’t be stalk worthy
  4. Kids should tell an adult if they are in an uncomfortable situation
  5. Know where your kids are going (URL)
  6. Don’t open things from people you do not know
  7. Don’t show obvious signs of where you live, etc.
  8. Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook are NOT secure, even when private
  9. Keep the computer in a open area of the house
  10. Use common sense!

See more tips 10 Online Safety Rules from other Kat and Sloane!

Part 4. Create a Digital Bill of Rights that answers the question: "What does it take to be a digital citizen?". This can be done as an individual or in small groups. You can use this template to collaborate on the Digital Bill of Rights.

Part 5. Use the tool or app of your choice to create a photo story, podcast, screencast, tip sheet, presentation, word processing document, or video presentation to present your Digital Bill of Rights. Save your work and check with your teacher for instructions to submit it.

Completing this Quest

In order to complete this Quest, use this Digital Bill of Rights rubric

As you continue to build your Cyber Shield, remember to review these themes and rules to stay protected in Cyberspace.

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I am ready for the next Quest, Danger!

MITECS  Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students, and

ISTE Standards for Students

2. Digital Citizen
a. Cultivate and manage their digital identity and reputation and are aware of the permanence of their actions in the digital world
b. Engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices
c. Demonstrate an understanding of and respect for the rights and obligations of using and sharing intellectual property