Digital Literacy

Conduct in a Digital World

Digital Citizenship is a term that has been around for some time. We like to think of it as simply being a good citizen when using technology, conducting yourself in an acceptable manner. The fact that we are using digital tools shouldn't change the way a person acts but unfortunately many people do things online without thinking. Our focus really is centered on two words.

Respect & Protect & Educate

It has evolved from previous acceptable use policies, Alberta Educations Digital Citizenship Policy Development Guide. There are two versions of acceptable use in Black Gold, one for grades K-4 and another for grades 5 to 12. In addition to our admirable use agreement, many one-to-one teachers in the division have been developing and piloting lessons to support the concept of respect and protect in the classroom and in students everyday life.

Digital Citizenship Lessons from

Scope & Sequence a printable curriculum guide with lessons organized by grade or topic. Sign in with your Google account to download the pdf lessons.

Digital Compass "Learn the fundamentals of digital citizenship through animated, choose-your-own-adventure interactive experiences, designed for grades 6-9." (site)

Digital Compass Educator Guide

Digital Compass Quick Start Guide

Digital Citizenship Classroom Posters These posters cover a variety of digital citizenship topics including; Think Before you Post, Should I Share, 1:1 Essentials.

Digital Literacy Internet Resources

Be Internet Awesome - A google resource for Helping kids be safe, confident explorers of the online world

Common Sense Media Digital Literacy and Citizenship

Digital Citizenship - An extensive list of digital citizenship resources from, Your Digital Presence.

Media Smarts - Canada's center for Digital and Media Literacy

Digital Citizenship Flashcards - Family Online Safety Institute

Bullying and Cyberbullying - RCMP resource site

Digital Citizenship: The appropriate, responsible and ethical use of internet technology. BGRD policy is centered around Respect and Protect based on work by Andrew Churches at Educational Origami.

Raising Ethical Kids For A Networked World

A Teachers' Guide to Digital Citizenship

Digital Tattoo from UBC. This site and the comparison of a body tattoo to a persons digital tattoo is appropriate for grades 10 - 12. Some teachers have used the questions on the site in a student response system such as Edmodo or Google forms to gather students awareness and attitudes to further discussion.

NetSmartz by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

You Are What You Like - an interesting use of Facebook "Likes" to build a profile of a person and also here in Psychology Today

Need Help Now - How to deal with online bullying and sexting, from the Canadian Center for Child Protection

The following is a survey that can be used in class to generate discussion about protecting yourself online. Opening the form will give a viewing format, please make a copy for your use with the link below.