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Digital Citizenship Week: 6 Resources for Educators

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Considering how ubiquitous smartphones have become, especially in high school and middle school, questions about managing smartphones and educating students about digital etiquette are on a lot of parents' minds.

This year, in conjunction with October’s Connected Educator Month, Common Sense Media is sponsoring Digital Citizenship Week from October 19 through October 25. Here, educators can find ways to get connected, activities to do with students and ideas for engaging parents. Really, the week is a perfect time to discuss digital responsibility, safety, and citizenship with students, and there are plenty of valuable events and resources for educators and students to use. Here are six of my favorites:

  • Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum for K-12: Common Sense Media’s interactive curriculum offers something for every grade level. Check out the "Scope & Sequence" tool to find the perfect lesson for your classroom. Plus, you can incorporate Digital Passport activities with students in grades 3-5, and their interactive assessments and videos are super engaging, as well.
  • Google Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum : Produced in conjunction with iKeepSafe, Google's Digital Literacy curriculum provides three lessons to help students find reliable information online, manage their reputations, and recognize scams. Additionally, check out iKeep Safe's educator resources for professional-development modules for teachers and a variety of activities to use with students.
  • Search for Digital Literacy Lessons at MediaSmarts: MediaSmarts is an advocacy and education nonprofit based in Canada that seeks to provide kids with the skills they need to be responsible digital citizens. The organization features an extensive list of lessons on their website, and educators can search for activities based on grade, resource type, media type, and topic.
  • Lessons for Teaching Digital Citizenship from Cable Impacts: InCtrl is a series of lessons for students in grades 4-8 designed to introduce digital-citizenship concepts to students. Topics covered include media literacy, copyright laws, and privacy. Plus, teachers can browse lessons by subject and topic. Each lesson includes materials, as well as a lesson plan.
  • Resources for Teaching Digital Literacy from Digizen: Digizen is a repository of useful and engaging resources to teach students of all ages about becoming upstanding digital citizens. Produced by the U.K.-based child safety nonprofit ChildNet International, Digizen features videos, lesson plans, and games, and there are different sections for parents, students, and teachers.
  • Digital Citizenship Videos from the TeachingChannel: This TeachingChannel playlist of 30 videos highlights ways classroom teachers are introducing digital-citizenship concepts to students. There are resources here for every grade, and each video provides a lesson plan, as well. TeachingChannel teamed up with Common Sense Media to produce these lessons.

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Diana Graber's picture
Diana Graber

Thanks so much Edutopia for including us in your round-up on this important topic. Like you, we believe every child (and parent!) should be taught how to be a good digital citizen! Thanks for shedding light on all the great tools there are to help educators do just that. Hoot, hoot!

Melanie Link Taylor's picture
Melanie Link Taylor
Educator, Blogger, Southern California

Excellent article. It is true, the power of the peer group is now overwhelming due to the digital age. A hurtful nickname from seventh grade can now follow a student over state lines--and that's minimally what can happen. Aggressive kids can organize and harass with the expertise of a D Day invasion. Hopefully, with parents and schools collaborating with specialized supervision and counseling, the effects can be minimized.

BxNS_Kevin's picture

Not only should we be teaching about digital citizenship, but citizenship and character in all aspects of our lives. "Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education" Martin Luther King Jr.

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