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Digital citizenship is how we need to teach all of the time, not a special or separate add-on curriculum (#DigCit State of Mind, ISTE resouces).

This hot topic is devoted to the recognition of the importance of fostering Digital Citizenship throughout our classrooms and lives. This will feature some of the outstanding resources available online about Digital Citizenship.

Digital citizens are learners who use their technology-driven powers conscientiously - and with empathy - to help make the world a better place (ISTE infographic and information on citizenship in the digital age).

An infographic/poster titled Citizenship In the Digital Age ( identifies 9 qualities of a good citizen:

  1. Advocates for equal human rights for all.
  2. Treats others with respect.
  3. Does not steal or damage others' property.
  4. Communicates clearly, respectfully and with empathy.
  5. Speaks honestly and doesn't repeat unsubstantiated rumors.
  6. Works to make the world a better place.
  7. Protects self and others from harm.
  8. Teams up with others on community projects.
  9. Projects a positive self-image at all times.

Teaching Resources

  1. MiTechKids taskcards: There are more than 10 task card activities in this resource located at different grade levels. Visit the task card index and search by column 3. 
  2. Common Sense K-12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum: Scope and Sequence
    This is a comprehensive and free curriculum for K-12. It includes videos, handouts and lesson plans. Free grade specific lessons:K-2: GoingPlaces Safely, Show Respect Online, Screen Out the Mean
  3. Grades 3-5: Super Digital Citizen, Rings of Responsibility, What's Cyberbullying 
  4. Digital Passport from common sense  FAQ to learn how to get started. Targets grades 3-5.
  5. Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship
  6. Digital Drivers License - An online site where administrators can set up their entire district and schools so that students can learn about digital citizenship while 'earning' their Internet Drivers License. Individual teachers can register for free as well.
  7. Fun Youtube Your Digital Footprint short video for grades 1-3 from Commonsense media
  8. Disney Timon and Pumbaa - Be safety smart for grades 4-5 about keeping oneself safe and not hurting others and protecting their personal information.
  9. NetSmartzKids videos Ages 5-17 videos to help address Internet and Online safety

Additional resources will be added, please share your recommendations.


MITECS: Michigan adopted the "ISTE Standards for Students" called MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students) in 2018.

Standard 2 is Digital Citizenship.

"Students recognize the rights, responsibilities and opportunities of living, learning and working in an interconnected digital world, and they act and model in ways that are safe, legal and ethical."

2a. Students cultivate and manage their digital identity and reputation and are aware of the permanence of their actions in the digital world.
2b. Students engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices.
2c. Students demonstrate an understanding of and respect for the rights and obligations of using and sharing intellectual property.
2d. Students manage their personal data to maintain digital privacy and security and are aware of data-collection technology used to track their navigation online.