Livingstone Range School Division

Digital Citizenship

Digital Citizenship skills help students in the real and digital worlds of the 21st century

It’s a way of thinking, acting, and being online in a way that uses critical thinking, being safe with your information and who you connect with, and acting responsibly in how you communicate and behave.

Digital Citizenship Grades K-2

Did you know that Common Sense Media  sponsors  Digital Citizenship Week each October? To find out more, visit the Edutopia site.  

Lesson Plans for Grades K- 2 (Common Sense Media)

Unit 1

GOING PLACES SAFELY   
How do you go places safely on the computer?

A-B-C SEARCHING  
How can you use the alphabet to find things online?

KEEP IT PRIVATE  
What kinds of information should you keep to yourself when you use the Internet?

MY CREATIVE WORK
How can you give credit to your own creative work?

SENDING EMAIL
How do you connect with others through email?

Unit 2:

STAYING SAFE ONLINE 
What information is OK to have in your digital footprint?

 FOLLOW THE DIGITAL TRAIL 
What information is OK to have in your digital footprint?

SCREEN OUT THE MEAN 
What can you do when someone is mean to you online?

USING KEYWORDS 
Which keywords will give you the best search results?

SITES I LIKE
What makes a website the right site for you?

Unit 3

POWERFUL PASSWORDS  
How do you create a secure password?

MY ONLINE COMMUNITY 
How does the Internet connect you to others?

THINGS FOR SALE 
How do some websites try to get you to buy things?

SHOW RESPECT ONLINE
How can you make sure your emails are clear and respectful?

WRITING GOOD EMAILS 
How is writing an email similar to or different from writing a letter?

Grades K-3 Lessons (Media Smarts)

Adversmarts: Introduction to Food Advertising Online
In this lesson, students are introduced to the idea of online advertising and look at the ways that marketers create immersive and appealing online environments that draw and hold children’s attention. After studying common advertising techniques, students play an educational online game that lets them put their learning into action by “creating” a site advertising a fictitious cereal, Co-Co Crunch.

Can You Spot the Ad?
In this lesson, students will learn about the concept of branded content and will learn to differentiate between branded images and videos and non-branded images and videos in online and offline contexts through a series of questions and discussions.

Finding Balance in Our Digital Lives
In this lesson, students look at the different ways in which we spend our free time and learn to find balance between active, learning and media activities. They begin by distinguishing between Active, Learning and Screen time, learn how activities can fall into more than one category; and reflect on their lives to see how well screen time is balanced by other types of activities. Finally, students consider how they might improve how their time is balanced. 

Internet Time Capsule
In this lesson, students learn about the concept of “time capsules” and then apply the idea by selecting time capsule contents to represent both the time they live in and their own lives and tastes. They then extend this idea to online content, making a “time capsule” of any online content connected to them. Younger students finish the lesson by creating a group Internet time capsule, while older students finish by considering what online content they might like to remove or keep out of their “time capsules.”

So Many Choices  
This lesson introduces the students to the first steps in finding information on the Internet. Specifically, this lesson helps students understand the basic good practices of searching for something online: be accompanied by a trusted adult, start with a safe site and understand the use and power of using good links and keywords to find what they are looking for and to avoid bad results.

Telus Wise Digital Footprint

Telus sponsored site featuring resources for teachers and parents dedicated to teaching safe internet usage.  Features contests, videos, tips, comics, etc.

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Digital Citizenship Grades 3 - 6

Lesson Plans Grade 3 - 6 (Common Sense Media )

Unit 1

RINGS OF RESPONSIBILITY
What kinds of responsibilities does a good digital citizen have?"        

PRIVATE AND PERSONAL INFORMATION       

THE POWER OF WORDS
What should you do when someone uses mean or scary language on the Internet?"       

THE KEY TO KEYWORDS
Which keywords will give you the best search results?"        

WHOSE IS IT, ANYWAY?
How can you show respect for other people's work?"       

Unit 2

STRONG PASSWORDS
How can a secure password help you protect your private information?"        

DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP PLEDGE
How do you create a positive online community?"        

YOU'VE WON A PRIZE!
What is spam, and what can you do about it?"        

HOW TO CITE A SITE
How do you cite different types of online sources?"        

PICTURE PERFECT
How can photos be changed on the computer, and how can that affect your feelings about the way you look?"        

Unit 3

TALKING SAFELY ONLINE
What's the difference between Internet friends and in-person friends?"    

SUPER DIGITAL CITIZEN
How can people help others be good digital citizens?"        

PRIVACY RULES
How do you know if a website protects your private information?"    

WHAT'S CYBERBULLYING?
What is cyberbullying, and how do you deal with it?"        

SELLING STEREOTYPES
How do we learn stereotypes of boys and girls from media messages?"

Lesson Plans for Grades 6-8 (Common Sense Media)

ONBOARD STUDENTS: DIGITAL COMPASS
Invite students in grades 6-8 to explore digital dilemmas and practice decision-making - all without risking their real-world reputations - in the stories and mini-games of Digital Compass.   

Unit 1

DIGITAL LIFE 101
What is the place of digital media in our lives?

STRATEGIC SEARCHING
What steps can help you find what you're looking for when you search online?        

SCAMS AND SCHEMES
What is identity theft, and how can protect yourself from it?

CYBERBULLYING: BE UPSTANDING
How do you judge the intentions and impact of people's words and actions online?

A CREATOR'S RIGHTS
What rights do you have as a creator?

Unit 2

MY MEDIA
What are your personal media habits, and how much time do you spend with different forms of media?

A CREATOR’S RESPONSIBILITIES
What responsibilities do you have to respect others' creative work?        

SAFE ONLINE TALK
How should you handle inappropriate online talk?

WHICH ME SHOULD I BE?
What are the outcomes of presenting yourself in different ways online?        

GENDER STEREOTYPES ONLINE
What are gender stereotypes, and can they shape our experiences online?

Unit 3

TRILLION DOLLAR FOOTPRINT
What is a digital footprint, and what does yours convey?        

IDENTIFYING HIGH-QUALITY SITES
When can you trust what you find on the Internet?

THE REALITY OF DIGITAL DRAMA
Does the way we think about digital drama have anything to do with gender?

CYBERBULLYING: CROSSING THE LINE
When does inappropriate online behavior cross the line into cyberbullying, and what can you do about it?

REWORK, REUSE, REMIX
What rights do you have as a creator?

Office of the Children's eSafety Commissioner

  • "Game On" Youtube video series addressing cybersafety (Suitable for Grades 4 to 6) (Time: 22:58, October 2014)

All Grades Resources

  • Digizen
    • UK-based child safety nonprofit.  Videos, lesson plans, games including sections for parents, students, educators.
  • Childnet
    • "Hot Topics" lessons feature downloading, cyberbullying, gaming, parental controls, etc.
  • Edudemic
  • Digital Passport: - This site is being updated for the Fall, 2018
    • Web-based games and videos engage 3rd - 5th graders in independent learning
    • Modules zero in on critical skills related to digital safety, respect, and community
    • Collaborative classroom activities reinforce online lessons
    • Students earn badges toward a Digital Passport
    • Teachers get robust reports to demonstrate student success
    • Available on the web, and now also for mobile devices
    • Supports responsible use policies and E-rate
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Digital Citizenship Grades 7 - 9

Grades 6 through 8 Lessons (Common Sense Media)

 

ONBOARD STUDENTS: DIGITAL COMPASS

Invite students in grades 6-8 to explore digital dilemmas and practice decision-making - all without risking their real-world reputations - in the stories and mini-games of Digital Compass.   

Unit 1

DIGITAL LIFE 101
What is the place of digital media in our lives?

STRATEGIC SEARCHING
What steps can help you find what you're looking for when you search online?        

SCAMS AND SCHEMES
What is identity theft, and how can protect yourself from it?

CYBERBULLYING: BE UPSTANDING
How do you judge the intentions and impact of people's words and actions online?

A CREATOR'S RIGHTS
What rights do you have as a creator?

Unit 2

MY MEDIA
What are your personal media habits, and how much time do you spend with different forms of media?

A CREATOR’S RESPONSIBILITIES
What responsibilities do you have to respect others' creative work?        

SAFE ONLINE TALK
How should you handle inappropriate online talk?

WHICH ME SHOULD I BE?
What are the outcomes of presenting yourself in different ways online?        

GENDER STEREOTYPES ONLINE
What are gender stereotypes, and can they shape our experiences online?

Unit 3

TRILLION DOLLAR FOOTPRINT
What is a digital footprint, and what does yours convey?        

IDENTIFYING HIGH-QUALITY SITES
When can you trust what you find on the Internet?

THE REALITY OF DIGITAL DRAMA
Does the way we think about digital drama have anything to do with gender?

CYBERBULLYING: CROSSING THE LINE
When does inappropriate online behavior cross the line into cyberbullying, and what can you do about it?

REWORK, REUSE, REMIX
What rights do you have as a creator?

Grades 9-12 Lessons (Common Sense Media)

Unit 1

DIGITAL LIFE 102
What is the place of digital media in our lives?"

OOPS! I BROADCAST IT ON THE INTERNET
What are the consequences of oversharing online?

COPYRIGHTS AND WRONGS
How can I make responsible choices when I use other people's creative work?        

FEELING ON DISPLAY
Are girls and guys judged differently when they post photos online?        

TURN DOWN THE DIAL ON CYBERBULLYING

Unit 2

MY ONLINE CODE
What does it mean to do the right thing online?

WHO ARE YOU ONLINE?
How do you present yourself to the world online and offline?

BUILDING COMMUNITY ONLINE
How can websites foster community online?

OVEREXPOSED: SEXTING AND RELATIONSHIPS
What are the risks and responsibilities when you share online in a relationship?       

RISKY ONLINE RELATIONSHIPS
How can you tell when an online relationship is risky?

Unit 3

RIGHTS, REMIXES, AND RESPECT
What should you consider when you use other people's creative work?        

TAKING PERSPECTIVES ON CYBERBULLYING
How does online cruelty affect the people involved?

WHAT'S THE BIG DEAL ABOUT INTERNET PRIVACY?
How do websites collect your personal information, and what can you do about it?

BECOMING A WEB CELEB
What does it mean to become an Internet celebrity?

COLLEGE BOUND
How can information you post on the Internet affect your future opportunities?        

Unit 4

PRIVATE TODAY, PUBLIC TOMORROW
How can you respect the privacy of others online?

DOES IT MATTER WHO HAS YOUR DATA?
What are the upsides and downsides of companies collecting your data online?        

BREAKING DOWN HATE SPEECH
How can you create a community culture in which hate speech is unacceptable, both online and offline?        

RETOUCHING REALITY
What are the creative and ethical aspects of digital-photo manipulation?        

COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE
What are the benefits and drawbacks of people working together to create information online?

Resources, Grade 7-9

iKeepsafe (for all grades)

Each lesson includes videos, lesson plans & student handouts.

  • Class 1: Becoming an Online Sleuth    
    Video: Detecting Lies & Staying True
  • Class 2: Manage Your Digital Reputation    
    2 Videos:  Playing and Staying Safe Online, and Staying Safe on YouTube
  • Class 3:  Identify Tricks and Scams    Video: Steering Clear of Cyber Tricks
  • Educator Resources: Includes sections on Teacher PD, Elementary and Middle/High School Curriculae 

Digizen

UK-based child safety nonprofit.    Videos, lesson plans, games including sections for parents, students, educators.

Edudemic.com (geared for teachers)

A Teachers Guide to Digital Citizenship

Guide for Teachers.  Edudemic produced this brief introduction to Digital Citizenship for teachers. If you're unsure of the topic, this is a wonderful starting point.

Digital Citizenship Grades 10 - 12

Lesson Plans for Grades 9-12 (Common Sense Media)

Unit 1

DIGITAL LIFE 102
What is the place of digital media in our lives?"

OOPS! I BROADCAST IT ON THE INTERNET
What are the consequences of oversharing online?

COPYRIGHTS AND WRONGS
How can I make responsible choices when I use other people's creative work?        

FEELING ON DISPLAY
Are girls and guys judged differently when they post photos online?        

TURN DOWN THE DIAL ON CYBERBULLYING
Which factors intensify cyberbullying and online cruelty, and what can you do to lessen them?

Unit 2

MY ONLINE CODE
What does it mean to do the right thing online?

WHO ARE YOU ONLINE?
How do you present yourself to the world online and offline?

BUILDING COMMUNITY ONLINE
How can websites foster community online?

OVEREXPOSED: SEXTING AND RELATIONSHIPS
What are the risks and responsibilities when you share online in a relationship?       

RISKY ONLINE RELATIONSHIPS
How can you tell when an online relationship is risky?

Unit 3

RIGHTS, REMIXES, AND RESPECT
What should you consider when you use other people's creative work?        

TAKING PERSPECTIVES ON CYBERBULLYING
How does online cruelty affect the people involved?

WHAT'S THE BIG DEAL ABOUT INTERNET PRIVACY?
How do websites collect your personal information, and what can you do about it?

BECOMING A WEB CELEB
What does it mean to become an Internet celebrity?

COLLEGE BOUND
How can information you post on the Internet affect your future opportunities?        

Unit 4

PRIVATE TODAY, PUBLIC TOMORROW
How can you respect the privacy of others online?

DOES IT MATTER WHO HAS YOUR DATA?
What are the upsides and downsides of companies collecting your data online?        

BREAKING DOWN HATE SPEECH
How can you create a community culture in which hate speech is unacceptable, both online and offline?        

RETOUCHING REALITY
What are the creative and ethical aspects of digital-photo manipulation?        

COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE
What are the benefits and drawbacks of people working together to create information online?     

Additional resources from Common Sense Media

Digital Citizen Week

Digital Citizenship Video Resources

From "TeacherTube" Childnet International - Cyber Bullying  (6:30)

This video illustrates the dangers of cyber bullying. Performed by actors.

 

NS Teens website - Teens talk about dealing with Cyberbullying (2:19)

Additional videos available on this site.

 

Youtube policy and explanation on Harassment and cyberbullying (Document)

Commoncraft Video on Secure Websites (2:59)

What is Plagiarism in the Digital Age? (2:58)


"It's the last week of classes, exams are looming, and deadlines for final papers are hurtling at stressed, time-crunched students with the inevitability of a freight train. With oceans of information just a mouse click away online and copying-and-pasting as easy as breathing, we wondered whether plagiarism has become more of a problem, or at least more tempting, in this digital age."

 

What is Digital Citizenship? (5:18)

Video from CyberWise.org.There are additional links on this site to other videos addressing the subject of Digital Citizenship.