Digital Ethics

(online Manners)
  • Avoid using all caps (IT LOOKS LIKE YOU ARE SHOUTING!)
  • Avoid using too many emoticons
  • Follow fair use guidelines (give credit to the creator)
  • Be aware that Instant messaging is an infringment on other people's time
  • Say goodbuy or something to let them know you are leaving the IM session



Blog and Wiki Info

  • Tell the truth.  If you write something on a blog or wiki, be sure you have the facts to back it up. 
  • Stand by your words.  If you prefer not use your real name, use a consistent psuedonym.
  • When responding to another commenter on a blog discussion, use the "@" symbol before their name.  For example, if you want to agree with "firstyearteacher", you may respond, "@firstyearteacher--I agree completely." in your comment.
  • On a wiki, the editing process may require you to make change other people's work, but refrain from deleting large portions of other people's work.  If major revision is necessary, discuss your proposed changes with your collaborators. 

  • Do not "steal a lock" on a wiki page unless the user has not made an edit in over 30 minutes.

Curriculum from Google
Digital Citizzenship Education


Copyright or Copywrong ~ online resources from University of TNCopyright & Fair Use in Teaching Resourcs
Copyright Friendly Wiki  Lots of links RE copyright
Copyright Laws for Teachers
Copyright Slider
~ quick guide to copyright
Creative Commons in Education
Digital Citizenship: Using Technology Appropriately
Kathy Schrock's Copyright and Reference Resources
Nine Elements of Digital Citizenship

Richard Bryne's 6 Resources for learning about Fair Use

Temple University Resources on Fair Use

Users CC Wiki
~ What do do if you use Creative Commons Work
Wes Fryer's Copyright for Educators

Plagiarism Stoppers
Anti-Plagiarism Resources
Plagiarism Checker ~ paste in the text to check for plagiarism
What Is and What Is Not Plagiarism ~ from Infoplease

Email Etiquette
  1. Be respectful, kind and responsible in all email!  Report bullies and inappropriate users.
  2. Always use the subject line.
  3. It's NOT private. 
  4. Don't overuse emoticons
  5. Don't use all caps

Don't open emails from anyone you don't know including famous people. Kids are easily fooled by emails beginning with sonyplaystation, lego, walmartrewards, etc... Be careful to avoid emails whose sender address does not match the name that proceeds the address. E.g. (John Smith

Activities & Lessons for Students

Computer Ethics ~ jeopary-like game
Computer Ethics Quiz
Digital Citizenship Curriculum  (Eryn's user/pass are in the password folder in my gmail)
Digital Citizenship WebQuest (middle school ~ some YouTube videos you will need to download)
Digital Tatoo (What is your digital tatoo?)
My Bytes ~  understand the value of protecting creative rights, and what it means to be a good digital citizen
TextED  (Digital Citizenship Site from Canada)
WebQuest on Copyright (grades 8 - 12)

That's Not Cool


Social Networking

5 Mistakes (Even Smart) Kids Make Online
Paraphrased from Good Housekeeping, August 2009

  1. Broadcasting Personal Info
    FB = Hover over Setting | Privacy | Profile | set all to only friends
    Twitter = use protect my updates

  2. Sharing Passwords
  3. Befriending Strangers
  4. Baring Your Soul
  5. Forgetting Your Future ~ The Web Never Forgets

Beat the Cheat:  Teaching Students (and Parents) It's Not Okay to Copy
Citizenship in the Digital Age

My Safe Surf ~ Kevin


ID the Creep
FauxPaw Movie
Protect Kids

Internet Stastics
How old are you?
Cyber means ???
Cell Phone??