Digital Citizenship

No matter what you call it, digital citizenship or just plain citizenship now, it is important to teach our students (and their parents) about online behavior.  Below are a list of resources to help edtech coaches teach educators, educators teach students, and schools teach parents about the following topics:

  • Free Print Resources
  • Online Copyright Information
  • Cyberbullying
  • Privacy, Online Safety, Sexting, Digital Behavior



Digital Citizenship Day

digcit dayIn an effort to make a big statement about digital citizenship to 9-12 students, I planned a school-wide Digital Citizenship Day.  The day started off with an all school assembly and a guest speaker on a number of digcit topics.  After the assembly, students moved through their normal class schedules, except each department taught a lesson related to a different digital citizenship topic. Click here to read my blog post(s) about Digital Citizenship Day!


Free Resources from the Federal Trade Commission

The FTC will provide hundreds of free paper resources for students, educators and parents.  All of the resources listed below are also available in PDF form.  Read more about these resources in a blog I wrote.

Order your paper copies here!


Copyright and Fair Use

Creative Commons develops, supports, and stewards legal and technical infrastructure that maximizes digital creativity, sharing, and innovation.”  –Creative Commons Website

Test your copyright knowledge with this quiz.

A Fair(y) Use Tale is a clever video mashup of Disney movies explaining copyright and fair use created by Professor Eric Faden of Bucknell University.

A Checklist for Fair Use from Brigham Young University.

Kathy Schrock’s guide to intellectual property has a vast list of resources for copyright, plagiarism and fair use.

“Respecting Boundaries – Saying “I do” to respecting others’ intellectual property and “I don’t” to pirating and plagiarism.” –Digital ID Wiki

Student questions and answers about copyright information at Cyberbee.

Compfight is an image search engine tailored to efficiently locate images for blogs, comps, inspiration, and research. We make good use of the flickr™ API, but aren’t affiliated with flickr.” –Compfight Website



“The Cyberbullying Research Center is dedicated to providing up-to-date information about the nature, extent, causes, and consequences of cyberbullying among adolescents.”  –Cyberbullying Research Center Website

Net Smartz has some great resources about a number of topics. I really like their real-life stories and videos about cyberbullying.


“Stepping Up – Saying “I do” to respecting all people and “I don’t” to cyberbullying and unkind online behaviors.”  –Digital ID Wiki


Privacy, Online Safety, Sexting, Online/Digital Behavior

MTV’s A Thin Line campaign was developed to empower you to identify, respond to, and stop the spread of digital abuse in your life and amongst your peers.” –A Thin Line Campaign Website


I absolutely love Craig Badura’s Digital Citizenship Toolkit, equipped with prop ideas and the message behind each one!

Take This Lollipop is a bone chilling simulation of just how fragile your online privacy can be.  This is not meant for a younger audience.

iKeepSafe resources for teaching students about their online reputation.

“Building Identities – Saying “I do” to maintaining a responsible digital footprint and “I don’t” to inappropriate online behavior.” –Digital ID Wiki

PBS’ resources for keeping kids safe online.

Common Sense Media provides resources on a number of digital citizenship topics.  They provide videos, lessons for all grade levels in all digcit topics, and recommendations for online/video entertainment for children of all ages.

“Focused on educating the public- especially teens- on the dangers of texting and driving.” –AT&T’s It Can Wait Campaign Website

Facing the Consequences: Poor Social Media Choices Lead to Lost Opportunities on Storify. A collection of stories about students and professionals who have lost their jobs and scholarships due to their social media posts.

“Protecting Online Security – Saying “I do” to taking precautions to protect my computer and personal information and “I don’t” to jeopardizing privacy.” –Digital ID Wiki

Stay Safe Online (.org) addresses a number of issues from viruses to personal information to resources for parents.

The UK Safer Internet Centre has developed two resources that provide advice and guidance to help young people consider the consequences of posting sexting images online and what they can do if they find themselves in a position where they have lost control of their images.” –UK Safer Internet Centre


A list of resources by Google in Education.

Net Smartz has some great resources about a number of topics. I really like their real-life stories and videos about online safety and sexting.


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