Digital Citizenship


It's January! Explore our Digital Communications resources!

Digital learners have the "power to advocate, collaborate and drive change through technology" (ISTE):

"Digital citizens are learners who use their technology-driven powers conscientiously — and with empathy — to help make the world a better place." (ISTE)

Digital citizenship still encompasses "the norms of appropriate, responsible behavior with regard to technology use," (Ribble) but whether online or offline, citizenship isn't just about behavior, but about the mindset of being a citizen who has agency and identity aligned with the values that underpin behavior.

Ribble's nine elements of digital citizenship are:

Teachers and Parents

Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) - great site for parents

For more teacher and parent links, check the left-hand menu and explore links in each of the Explore! pages, as well as the monthly Parent Handouts on our website.

Great Sites for Online Activities

Expecting Respect

A two-day introductory lesson, including presentation with videos, and lesson plan (below) developed by Alberta Health Services. It's a great resource for grades 6-9+.

Digital Citizenship 2015 Lesson (as of Oct 14, 2015).pdf


MediaSmarts - Digital and Media Literacy - MediaSmarts website includes a huge selection of digital-citizenship-related resources, divided into three main sections: Educational Games, e-Tutorials and Workshops, and Media Literacy Week. Some resources are free; others require a license.

NetSmartz Student Project Kit

View - Students can teach each other using activities in this K-12 PDF resource from NetSmartz. For more about this resource, click here.

Common Sense Media - Digital Passport

View Educator Materials - Includes resources on communication, privacy, cyberbullying, search, and creative credit.