Digital Citizenship

Digital Citizenship = taking responsibility for your online "citizenship".  You can also be considered a "NETizen".  Good digital citizenship would involve being a safe and productive member of the online world.  It would mean that you demonstrate proper online etiquette (netiquette), safe handling of your personal information and being safe online.

Rules of the Road for Kids

1. Guard your privacy. What people know about you is up to you.

2. Protect your reputation. Self-reflect before you self-reveal. What’s funny or edgy today could cost you tomorrow.

3. Nothing is private online. Anything you say or do can be copied, pasted, and sent to gazillions of people without your permission.

4. Assume everyone is watching. There’s a huge, vast audience out there. If someone is your friend’s friend, they can see everything.

5. Apply the Golden Rule. If you don’t want it done to you, don’t do it to someone else.

6. Choose wisely. Not all content is appropriate. You know what we mean.

7. Don't hide. Using anonymity to cloak your actions doesn’t turn you into a trustworthy, responsible human being.

8. Think about what you see. Just because it’s online doesn’t make it true.

9. Be smart, be safe. Not everyone is who they say they are. But you know that.

More resources from

Try the privacy awareness test.

PDSB Digital Citizenship Site and the PDSB Character Attributes we are trying to promote.

PDSB Digital Citizenship Policy

Online Rules for Kids

Posting Decision Tree - from ins@fe internet safety

Facebook Follies - CBC News video and article (Saturday, May 24, 2014)

Mainstreaming of Mean - Toronto Star article (thanks to Mr. Woo)

Bullying. No Way! - (thanks Gina 78)

Passport to the Internet - Student Login: oneds10 / Pass: 8ngeyf 

Youth Privacy - Youth Privacy by the Government of Canada - for youth gr 7-8 - for gr 6-7

Generation Like - PBS Frontline documentary on social media generation