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Digital Citizenship is a concept which helps teachers and technology leaders understand what students should know to use technology appropriately. But Digital Citizenship is more that just a teaching tool, it is a way to prepare students for a society full of technology. Too often we are seeing students as well as adults misusing and abusing technology. The issue is more than what the users do not know but instead what is considered appropriate technology usage.

Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship

1. Digital Etiquette: electronic standards of conduct or procedure .
2. Digital Communication : electronic exchange of information.
3. Digital Literacy: process of teaching and learning about technology and the use of technology.
4. Digital Access: full electronic participation in society .
5. Digital Commerce: electronic buying and selling of goods.
6. Digital Law : electronic responsibility for actions and deeds
7. Digital Rights & Responsibilities: those freedoms extended to everyone in a digital world .
8. Digital Health & Wellness : physical and psychological well-being in a digital technology world .
9. Digital Security (self-protection): electronic precautions to guarantee safety.
source: Ribble & Bailey (2004), "Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship" - on-line posting. Digital Citizenship. July 2008. http://www.educ.ksu.edu/digitalcitizenship/NineThemes.htm

Teaching Digital Citizenship


Internet Safety

Other Resources

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Grades 3-6- Internet Safety Pledge

NetSmart Kids -
Internet Safety Posters -
Internet Safety Game

Middle and High

NetSmart Teens
Real Life Stories
Doing Something about Cyberbullying
Cyberbullying animation
Are you a Cyberbully?


2nd- 4th
Watch: The Boy Who Loved IM:

A Lesson in Instant Messaging
Clicky tells the story of a boy who loves to IM his friends. What should he do when he receives a message from someone he doesn't know? Watch to see if he remembers to "Use Your NetSmartz"! http://www.netsmartzkids.org/uyn/boylovedim.htm

"Angela's Experience" and The Cyberbullying Talent Show
What do you do if someone is harassing you online? Angela's Experience discusses netiquette and how to handle harassment appropriately. The Cyberbullying Talent Show basically suggests "Of you wouldn't say it in person- then don't say it online."


Watch: Think Before You Post and "Cyberbullying: You Can't Take It Back" A teen regrets his participation on a web site created to rate others at his school. Also, check out this Internet Safety ThinkQuest site and let us know what you learned and your opinion on the design.