Google & Digital Citizenship

Be Safe & Search Savvy

Regardless of the subject and grade level they teach, today's educators have a responsibility to teach their students how to effectively and safely navigate the web. Fortunately, educators have the support and resources of Google and the digital safety experts at iKeepSafe when integrating information literacy and digital safety lessons into their curriculum. Google's Digital Literacy and Citizenship three-part curriculum is designed to teach students how to critically evaluate the validity of online sources, communicate appropriately via social networking sites, protect one's data and privacy, and build a positive digital reputation.Each course includes pre and post assessments, student activities, and is aligned with Common Core State Standards.

Click the links below to access each course

Class 1: Become an Online Sleuth (recommended for grades 6-8)
Students identify guidelines for evaluating the credibility of content online.
Essential question: Why is it important to be alert and check sources while exploring online?

Students learn to make safe and appropriate decisions online, how to manage and create a
positive e-reputation and how to safely use the Internet and other technologies.
The course is
divided into three parts: 

Protect Your Stuff, Be Respectful to Yourself and Others, and “Street Smarts"

In this lesson, students will learn how to avoid online tricks and scams as well as best practices for online behavior. Essential question: How do I protect myself against online tricks?

Google's Focus on Family

Google is not only committed to students and teachers, they are focused on the entire family.
Recently Google launched their Family Safety Center in an effort to provide parents with the latest tips and advice to keep their children safe while online.
Below is a list of useful resources for parents. 

YouTube Privacy and Safety Settings -
A guide for parents to help them better understand YouTube

YouTube Community Guidelines -  
After reviewing these guidelines, talk with your children about what  YouTube (and Google) expect!

                                                             Literacy Lesson Plans

Google offers Literacy Lesson Plans at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. These self-paced courses are aligned with Common Core standards and include a curriculum map
The curriculum includes:

  • Picking the Right Search Terms
  • Understanding Search Results
  • Narrowing a Search to Get the Best Results
  • Searching for Evidence for Research Tasks
  • Evaluating Credibility of Sources

Understanding YouTube and Digital Citizenship    

Most, if not all, of our students are consumers of content on YouTube. Do a quick survey of your students and you're likely to discover that not only do they consume content on YouTube, they are creating content and publishing to YouTube. Now more than ever, it's important to teach our students about the standards of conduct expected from the YouTube community, as well as the implications (positive or negative) on their future for what they choose to upload to YouTube. Google also has an excellent YouTube and Digital Citizenship curriculum, available in more than five different languages, designed for students ages 13-17. Lessons in this curriculum include:

  • YouTube’s policies                                                                   
  • How to report content on YouTube
  • How to protect privacy online
  • How to be responsible YouTube community members
  • How to be responsible digital citizens

 Educators can explore the YouTube Curriculum playlist  or check out the YouTube Curriculum intro video shown below.

YouTube Digital Citizenship Curriculum