Teachers have long understood the importance of teaching and modeling good digital citizenship in their classrooms. If students are exposed to it and practice it every day, it becomes second nature, regardless of age. Below are some helpful resources to integrate digital citizenship into classroom lessons:
1. Common Sense Media Student Library. This site includes videos teachers can embed into lesson plans or use to jump-start conversations with students. The site also has digital citizenship classroom posters and a digital citizenship scope and sequence tool to find the lessons that are just right for your classroom. These cross-curricular units incorporate digital literacy and citizenship topics in an age-appropriate way.
2. Common Sense Anti-Cyberbullying Tool Kits. Kits are available for all grade levels. See how cyberbullying hurts students, disrupts classrooms, and impacts your school’s culture.
3. PBS Webonauts Academy. This site gives younger students an opportunity to have fun while exploring what it means to be a citizen in a Web-infused‚ information-rich world.
4. NetSmartz Teens. Teachers of middle- and high-school students can bring these engaging lessons right into the classroom.
By continuing to teach digital citizenship to students, teachers help create a positive school culture that supports safe and responsible technology use.
Matthew X. Joseph (@MatthewXJoseph), Director of Digital Learning, Informational Technology, and Innovation at Milford (MA) Public Schools