Digital Citizenship

Sometimes described as the "5th C" of 21st Century Skills (Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Creativity), DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP can be defined as the norms of appropriate, responsible behavior with regard to technology use.

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With all students having daily access to technology under Fife Forward, it is more important than ever that our students are prepared for the opportunities and responsibilities related to technology use. During the 2016-2017 school year, the State of Washington began the process of making recommendations on approved digital citizenship curricula and implementation in Washington's schools. At present, our plan is to adopt the Common Sense Media digital citizenship model curriculum for implementation in grades K-12 during the 2018-2019 school year. Stay tuned for more information on this important initiative.

Digital Citizenship Resources

Common Sense Media

Comprehensive K-12 digital literacy curriculum covering eight topic areas:

  1. internet safety
  2. Privacy & security
  3. Relationships & communication
  4. Cyber-bullying & digital drama
  5. Digital footprints & reputation
  6. Self-image & identity
  7. Information literacy, and
  8. Creative credit & copyright.

The scope and sequence is broken down into one unit of approximately 5 lessons per grade.

OSPI Cyberbullying & Digital/Internet Safety

WA State resource library, which includes resources, curriculum materials, brochures, and training materials around a variety of digital citizenship topics.

Washington State RCW

Policy regarding Washington State's adoption of a digital citizenship requirement for all K-12 students. Intent—2016 c 59: "The legislature recognizes that as technology becomes more prevalent, students must learn how to safely, ethically, responsibly, and effectively use technology. The legislature intends to provide a process in which students, parents or guardians, teachers, teacher-librarians, other school employees, administrators, and community representatives will engage in an ongoing discussion on safe technology use, internet use, digital citizenship, and media literacy as part of implementing the state's basic education goal outlined in RCW 28A.150.210(3) and essential academic learning requirements for technology outlined in RCW 28A.655.075." [ 2016 c 59 § 1.]