Digital Citizenship

How are we preparing our students to be good digital citizens?

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Digital Citizenship - By the end of Grade 2 each student will:
1. describe appropriate and inappropriate uses of technology (e.g., computers,
Internet, e-mail, cell phones) and describe consequences of inappropriate uses
2. know the Michigan Cyber Safety Initiative’s three rules (Keep Safe, Keep Away, Keep Telling)
3. identify personal information that should not be shared on the Internet (e.g. name, address, phone number)
4. know to inform a trusted adult if he/she receives or views an online communication which makes him/her feel uncomfortable, or if someone whom he/she doesn’t know
is trying to communicate with him/her or asking for personal information

Digital Citizenship - By the end of Grade 5 each student will:
1. discuss scenarios involving acceptable and unacceptable uses of technology (e.g., file-sharing, social networking, text messaging, cyber bullying, plagiarism)
2. recognize issues involving ethical use of information (e.g., copyright adherence, source citation)
3. describe precautions surrounding personal safety that should be taken when online.
4. identify the types of personal information that should not be given out on the Internet (name, address, phone number, picture, school name)

Digital Citizenship – By the end of Grade 8 each student will:
1. provide accurate citations when referencing information sources
2. discuss issues related to acceptable and responsible use of technology (e.g., privacy, security, copyright, plagiarism, viruses, file-sharing)
3. discuss the consequences related to unethical use of information and communication technologies
4. discuss possible societal impact of technology in the future and reflect on the importance of technology in the past
5. create media-rich presentations on the appropriate and ethical use of digital tools and resources
6. discuss the long term ramifications (digital footprint) of participating in questionable online activities (e.g., posting photos of risqué poses or underage drinking, making threats to others)
7. describe the potential risks and dangers associated with online communications.

Digital Citizenship – By the end of Grade 12 each student will:
1. identify legal and ethical issues related to the use of information and communication technologies (e.g., properly selecting and citing resources)
2. discuss possible long-range effects of unethical uses of technology (e.g., virus spreading, file pirating, hacking) on cultures and society.
3. discuss and demonstrate proper netiquette in online communications.
4. identify ways that individuals can protect their technology systems from unethical or unscrupulous users
5. create appropriate citations for resources when presenting research findings
6. discuss and adhere to fair use policies and copyright guidelines
Read how one school is educating their students for the digital world

Web resource to promote online safety and good digital citizenship

11 Resources for Teaching and Learning Web Safety

Seven different website that are age appropriate for teaching and learning safety and four video's from Common Craft on Secure Passwords, Secure Websites, Phishing Scams and protecting Reputations online.

What NOT to Post on Facebook... or any other online social networking site.

Nine Elements of Digital Citizenship

Digital Technology 101 From Parents-The Anti-Drug

This crash course in the most popular communication tools used by teens today offers guidance and advice to help parents monitor their teen’s activities on these devices.

How Tech Savy Are You? from Parents-The Anti-Drug

From Instant Messaging and MP3 players to text messaging and blogs, how do you measure up on technology? With close to nine our of ten teens online (87%), it is important that parents know what is going on in the digital world. Test your tech savviness, and don"t worry if you find you are behind the times. The has the resources to help get you up to speed.


i-SAFE Inc. is the worldwide leader in Internet safety education. Founded in 1998 and endorsed by the U.S. Congress, i-SAFE is a non-profit foundation dedicated to protecting the online experiences of youth everywhere. i-SAFE incorporates classroom curriculum with dynamic community outreach to empower students, teachers, parents, law enforcement, and concerned adults to make the Internet a safer place. Please join us today in the fight to safeguard our children’s online experience.


The Internet Keep Safe Coalition group teaches basic rules of Internet safety to children and parents, reaching them online and in school. Governors and/or first spouses formed this coalition in partnership with a growing list of crime prevention organizations, law enforcement agencies, foundations and corporate sponsors.

Michigan CSI (Cyber Safety Initative)
Material from the Michigan CSI presentations can be accessed on the Attorney General"s website, , under the Key Initiatives heading. The Michigan CSI home page provides a wealth of material, including a summary explanation of the program, handouts from the presentations, and an online registration form.  Portions of the presentation to 6th through 8th grade students may also be viewed on You Tube.  Click here to link to YouTube Michigan CSI videos from AGs website:,1607,7-164-17334_17364-175325--,00.html,1607,7-164-34739_34811-175442--,00.html


NetLingo has thousands of definitions that easily explain the Internet and the online world of business, technology, and communication.

NetSmartz Workshop - Educate. Engage. Empower.

Committed to the safety of children and teens both on and offline. The kids" section is particularly good for children through fourth grade and does not link to any outside source to ensure to safe and positive experience for children.

Media Awareness Network

Educational Games to teach Internet Safety

Parents Guide to the Internet

From U.S. Department of Education
Office of Educational Research and Improvement
Office of Educational Technology

Safe Kids

Your family"s guide to making the Internet and Technology fun, safe and productive.

Web Aware

The Internet is fantastic, but there are risks. This site provides the tools you need to keep your kids safe online.