Digital Citizenship: Resource Roundup
Check out Edutopia's collection of articles, videos, and other resources on internet safety, cyberbullying, digital responsibility, and media and digital literacy. (Updated 10/2013)
Resources by Topic:
- Internet Safety
- Digital Responsibility
- Media and Digital Literacy
- Other Resources from Edutopia
- Additional Resources on the Web
- Do the Right Thing: Managing the Digital Lives of Teens, by Matt Levinson (2013)
Principal and blogger Matt Levinson suggests that, as monitoring kids' online activity becomes increasingly difficult, schools and parents need to partner more actively in encouraging responsible online behavior.
- The Importance of Internet Safety, by Heather Wolpert-Gawron (2012)
Blogger Heather Wolpert-Gawron discusses the importance of teaching students online safety and netiquette and how to partner with parents in this effort.
- How to Teach Internet Safety to Younger Elementary Students, by Mary Beth Hertz (2012)
Mary Beth Hertz shares some insights into adapting Stranger Danger lessons for the virtual world.
- Think Before You Click: Internet Safety Tips for Parents, by Matt Levinson (2012)
Blogger Matt Levinson guides parents through educating their children about the online world, where clicks have consequences.
- Social Media Guidelines, by Steven Anderson (2012)
Instructional technologist Steven Anderson suggests integrating social media into education, district by district, through a sensible best practices approach.
- How to Talk About Life Online, by Suzie Boss (2009)
Edutopia blogger Suzie Boss discusses how teachers can use in-class discussions about social networking to get students talking about identity, privacy, and community on the internet.
- Common Sense Tips for Digital Generation Parents (2009)
Five practical pointers from Common Sense Media to help parents understand and manage the lives of their digital kids.
- Anti-Social Media: Educators and Parents Take on Cyberbullying for "Spirit Day", by Ken Ellis (2010)
Edutopia's former senior producer Ken Ellis introduces resources that can help parents and teachers address the issues of cyberbullying and teen suicide in school.
- Cinema vs. Cyberbullies: Using Filmmaking to Fight Online Harassment, by Suzie Boss (2008)
Filmmaker Debbie Heimowitz employs the power of movies to promote online empowerment and awareness.
- For more resources on bullying, including cyberbullying, check out Edutopia's recently updated "Resources to Fight Bullying and Harassment at School."
- Ideas for Digital Citizenship PBL Projects, by Andrew Miller (2013)
Edutopia blogger Andrew Miller suggests using the PBL model to teach students the values of digital citizenship.
- Students and Parents Debrief on Their First Social Media Summer Program, by Joe Mazza (2012)
Principal and Edutopia blogger Joe Mazza shares the success of Summer Knappmodo, a.k.a. Knapp Elementary's summer program on Edmodo.
- Teaching Digital Citizenship in the Elementary Classroom, by Mary Beth Hertz (2011)
Blogger Mary Beth Hertz believes that teaching digital citizenship, internet safety, and social skills in a virtual world is a lot more meaningful when students can engage in authentic online experiences.
- The Importance of Digital Citizenship in Social Media, by Andrew Marcinek (2011)
Blogger Andrew Marcinek reflects on social and digital media integration into the lives of teachers and students and on teaching students digital responsibility.
- Social-Networking Sites Draw Teens In, by Suzie Boss (2009)
Blogger Suzie Boss discusses how teens are finding new ways to establish identity and build relationships in the largely unsupervised digital world.
Media and Digital Literacy
- Five-Minute Film Festival: Copyright and Fair Use for Educators, by Amy Borovoy (2013)
In K-12 education, it's a challenge to navigate the copyright and fair use waters. What can educators use? How can they use it? VideoAmy has collected some fun, engaging videos to help teachers and students understand the confusing subject.
- Teaching Toddlers to Tweet? Introducing Social Media to Elementary Students, by Beth Holland (2013)
Beth Holland, communication coordinator and instructor at EdTech Teacher, gives three age-appropriate examples of introducing social media to children in the lower elementary grades.
- Digital Native vs Digital Citizen? Examining a Dangerous Stereotype, by Mary Beth Hertz (2012)
Edutopia blogger Mary Beth Hertz invites us to look at our assumptions that all kids are born tech-savvy, and encourages us to think more globally about how we can teach them to thrive as citizens in a digital world.
- Media and Digital Literacy: Resources for Parents, by Common Sense Media (2012)
Young people are immersed in technology in ways previous generations could not have imagined. Common Sense Media has compiled this list of resources for parents seeking advice and information about how to help their children explore smartly and stay safe.
- Plan a "Digital Family Summit" to Engage Students and Parents, by Joe Mazza (2012)
Principal and blogger Joe Mazza recounts his visit to the Digital Family Summit and talks about how, with digital media, children and their parents can learn and play together.
- Why Media Literacy is Not Just for Kids, by Suzie Boss (2011)
Blogger and education journalist Suzie Boss proposes that media and digital literacy is not just for students, but essential for all citizens nationwide.
Other Resources from Edutopia
- Edutopia's Digital Citizenship Pinboard on Pinterest
We've teamed up with Common Sense Media to compile some of the best resources for parents, teachers, and administrators to guide students to become positive digital citizens and leaders.
- The Path to Digital Citizenship, by Andrew Marcinek (2013)
Edutopia blogger Andrew Marcinek looks at the ethical and practical sides of digital citizenship, and suggests a mindful path for teaching the necessary skills in the elementary grades.
- Digital Citizenship Week: 6 Resources for Educators, by Matt Davis (2013)
Digital Citizenship Week is the perfect time for students and teachers to talk about online responsibility and safety. Blogger Matt Davis has collected some of the best resources to bring digital citizenship into the classroom.
- Five-Minute Film Festival: Teaching Digital Citizenship, by Amy Erin Borovoy (2012)
VideoAmy explores the topic of digital citizenship with this playlist of videos on the importance of online safety, manners, privacy, and responsibility.
- How Do We Teach Digital Citizenship?
Visit Edutopia's community to join a discussion addressing questions about how to teach children to be good digital citizens.
- How to Create Social Media Guidelines for Your School
Download Edutopia's guide for the seven steps -- and a roundup of valuable resources -- you need to help safely bring social media into your school or classroom.