Digital Citizenship

As students today have access to a wide range of information at their fingertips, we need to prepare them to navigate the Internet safely and productively. In order to do this, each year Rowland Unified students will participate in digital citizenship lessons in 3 of the following areas: Information Literacy, Relationships & Communication, Internet Safety, Privacy & Security, Digital Footprint & Reputation, Self-Image & Identity.

RUSD Requirements for Educators

Teach 3 Digital Citizenship lessons

Submit 3 pieces of documentation


Training will occur at each site as early into the school year as possible and will be facilitated by the Instructional Technology TOSA, district TOSAs, and/or the Technology Teacher Leads.

During the training, educators will register with Common Sense Education, explore Common Sense Education's Digital Citizenship materials, and walk through RUSD's requirements for teaching digital citizenship.

Teach 3 Lessons

Scope and Sequence with links to Common Sense Education lesson plans:

Scope & Sequence 2018

Common Sense Education lesson plans organized in folders by grade level:

Submit your Documentation

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are we teaching digital citizenship?

As students today have access to a wide range of information at their fingertips, we need to prepare them to navigate the Internet safely and productively.

Why do I need to register with Common Sense Education?

Registering will allow you to have access to lesson plans, resources, and professional learning opportunities available through Common Sense Education. It is also needed to be recognized as a Common Sense Educator, Common Sense School, and Common Sense District.

What does the training consist of (OPTIONAL, but required if pursuing site recognition)?

The 1.5 hour training will review the requirements that educators need to be aware of in order to teach the 3 lessons each year. During this training, you will also participate in an online tutorial from Common Sense Education which introduces the curriculum and resources available to teach the lessons. You will have the opportunity to submit the Certificate of Completion that you receive after completing this tutorial to the Google Form that will be used to submit documentation of the 3 lessons that you will teach. Finally, we will explore the digital teaching resources and ideas available from Common Sense Education.

Where can I find the lessons?

All lessons can be found in this Google Drive folder. You can also access them on the RUSD EdTech Website.

How can I submit documentation that I have taught the 3 lessons?

Documentation will be submitted on a Google Form which you can access here and on the RUSD EdTech Website.

When should I submit documentation for the lessons I have taught?

Please submit your documentation after you teach each lesson.

Do I need to submit an artifact for each student?

No, please only submit 1 artifact for each lesson. This can be a photo of students participating in the lesson, an item students created during the lesson, a copy of the lesson assessment, etc.

How long will each lesson take?

Each lesson will take about 45 minutes to complete.

Do I need a class set of devices to teach the lessons?

Each lesson plan will have a digital and a non-digital version. If you have access to a class set of devices, you can complete the lesson digitally, but if you don’t, you can always print out copies of the resources you need for that lesson.

When will I teach the lessons?

All 3 lessons need to be taught by November 2, 2018. You can choose to teach them whenever you would like as long as you have completed them by this date. Individual sites may determine when lessons will be taught.

Who will teach the lessons at the secondary level?

This determination will be done by individual sites. A specific department may teach the lessons, the librarian or computer lab tech may teach the lessons, or a combination of educators. Please work with your administrators to determine what will work best for you and your students.

Who should I reach out to for support?

Your Technology Teacher Lead can support you with any questions you may have. You can also reach out to Brandi Miller ( with questions.

What do I need to be recognized as a Common Sense Educator?

All of the requirements for RUSD are needed in order to be recognized as a Common Sense Educator. Additionally, you will need to join the Common Sense Educator Facebook group and write a short reflection on your work with digital citizenship. If you are interested in becoming a Common Sense Educator, please visit the Common Sense website.

For more information, check out the RUSD Digital Citizenship Flyer