Teachers have long understood the importance of teaching and modeling good digital citizenship in their classrooms. If students are exposed and practice it every day, it becomes second nature, regardless of age. Below are some helpful resources to integrate digital citizenship into classroom lessons:
Common Sense Media Student Library
This site includes videos teachers can embed into lesson plans or use to jump start a conversation with students. This 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.
Common sense cyberbullying Tool Kits
For all levels of teachers. Click to see how cyberbullying hurts students, disrupts classrooms, and impacts your school’s culture.
PBS Webonauts Academy. Click to view this site that gives younger students an opportunity to have some fun while exploring what it means to be a citizen in a web-infused‚ information-rich world.
Netsmartz Teens. Click here to view this site designed for teens and teachers of middle and high school students so they can bring these engaging lessons right into the classroom.
Milford Public Schools created a hub to assist parents and teachers of recommended websites for elementary students. Click here to view these sites and click here to view the Milford S.M.A.R.T guidelines and expectation.
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) is the Director of Digital Learning, Informational Technology, and Innovation at Milford (MA) Public Schools.