The 9 Elements of Digital Citizenship

The 9 elements of digital citizenship provide a comprehensive way of educating students in how to be responsible, empathetic, and safe when navigating social media and the internet.

The idea is to approach each of these independently in a direct instruction approach, then to provide authentic opportunities for students to practice these skills in an ongoing way.

Click on the photos below to find out the specifics of each of the 9 elements, as well as resources that will help you to better understand and teach the concepts:

Photo Credit: CC Lucelia Ribiero

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Digital Etiquette

Digital Etiquette  Digital etiquette (netiquette) refers to the conduct one uses when interacting with others online. Just as part of being a good citizen is to treat others the way you want to be treated, so to is it important to consider others when sharing and commenting online. It also deals with the difficult subject … Continue reading Digital Etiquette

Digital Access

Digital Access (equal opportunity to technology) refers to the following: Modeling Proper Use of Technology in Class It is important that we model how to use technology appropriately in the classroom, from the computers and iPads already available, to any other smart device being brought into the classroom. Think about how you might introduce a … Continue reading Digital Access

Digital Communication

How do new communication methods like texting, cell phones, and social networking (twitter, Skype, etc.) fit in an educational classroom setting? What kind of positive outcomes might they enable? What potentially negative outcomes need to be mitigated beforehand? Without a doubt this type of communication is being embraced more and more by our youth, often … Continue reading Digital Communication

Digital Literacy

Digital Literacy is the capability to use technology and knowing when and how to use it, and can be broken down into three sections: Understanding how to use technology (PC’s, tablets, smart devices, etc.) Understanding how to use software effectively (Google Drive, Search engines, Read & Write for Google Chrome) Understanding how to evaluate the credibility … Continue reading Digital Literacy

Digital Commerce

“Learning to become an intelligent consumer is an important aspect of good citizenship. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for students to go online and purchase items without thinking about the consequences. Often, the consequences extend beyond accumulation of debt. For example, not knowing how and where to buy items online can leave kids vulnerable to … Continue reading Digital Commerce

Digital Rights & Responsibilities

Digital Rights and Responsibilities Issues: Following acceptable use policies and using technology responsibly both inside and outside school Using online material ethically, including citing sources and requesting permissions Using technology to cheat on tests and assignments Reporting cyberbullies, threats, and other inappropriate use – Mike Ribble, Digital Citizenship in Schools, 2nd Edition Visit Common Sense … Continue reading Digital Rights & Responsibilities

Digital Safety & Security

With the amount of personal information we as a society are putting online through social media sites, banking and online services, it’s important we are all aware of how to best protect this information from being accessed. Students need to learn how to ensure privacy settings are set and maintained, passwords are strong and not … Continue reading Digital Safety & Security

Digital Health & Wellness

Issues: Physical and psychological well being. Finding balance between on and offscreen time. Protect eyes and ears, posture, proper way to use keyboard. Looking at addictions Computer Ergonomics for Elementary Schools Digital Health & Wellness Visit Common Sense Media’s scope and sequence for lessons specific to the students you are teaching. Photo Credit: CC Wellness … Continue reading Digital Health & Wellness