Digital Age Students – Digital Citizenship & Internet Safety

Doreen Pietrantoni =
Common Sense Media Certified Instructor

Presentation from EI Symposium

Parker Ormerod =

The 21st Century Student
Today’s students have access to a plethora of digital resources and environments. Cell Phone, Mobile Devices, Computers, Facebook, Twitter, Digital-passport1Instagram, Snap Chat – are all resources that engage students. Digital Citizenship and Internet Safety are essential for students to navigate the resources safely. There is an important connection between school and home in regards to Digital Citizenship and Internet Safety. Parents may not be aware or may not have the tech savvy to understand the dangers. Open communication and sharing of resources allows for both home and school to be informed and diligent.

Marzano states, “Research suggest that students are not experts at finding information. Students have difficulty with selecting and modifying search terms, using keywords instead of natural language (sentences) when searching, narrowing their topics, using command language in databases, and planning their searches beforehand. Students also have trouble evaluating their sources for relevance and credibility.” (Teaching & Assessing 21st Century Skills 2012)

A good digital student isn’t just a student who is conscientious when interacting online in any regard. A good digital student is conscientious when to use what tool for what assignment or project. A good digital student has a keen understanding of digital resources and devices.

Today’s students need to think critically in order to be good Digital Citizens. The quote below describes how students feel the internet works.

Research Article: How Teens Use Social Media

Research Infographic: How Teens Use Social Media Infographic

UPDATED Stats: Article Posted November 2018!

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* Introduce Digital Citizenship Curriculum
* Experience Digital Passports – 3 – 5
* Secondary Lessons
* Video Resources
* Focus on guiding students
* Resources

ISTE NETS For Students

ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) has updated the standards for 2016. Here is the ISTE Standards_Students-2016 PDF detailing all of the ISTE NETS standards for students.

The ISTE NETs highlight the following themes:

1) Empowered Learning

2) Digital Citizen

3) Knowledge Constructor

4) Innovative Designer

5) Computational Thinker

6) Creative Communicator

7) Global Collaborator

Below is the specific standard for Digital Citizenship.

2. Digital Citizen
Students recognize the rights, responsibilities and opportunities of living, learning and working in an interconnected digital world, and they act and model in ways that are safe, legal and ethical.

a.cultivate and manage their digital identity and reputation and are aware of the permanence of their actions in the digital world.

b.engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices.

c.demonstrate an understanding of and respect for the rights and obligations of using and sharing intellectual property.

d.manage their personal data to maintain digital privacy and security and are aware of data-collection technology used to track their navigation online.



When & Where?
Teachers are busy and curriculum demands make it difficult to add Digital Citizenship and Internet Safety (DC IS) into the classroom. Really, DC IS is part of character education. When there is any conversation online such as using Schoology or Edmodo, students need to be reminded of DC & IS. Post guidelines in the classroom (many can be downloaded from the internet or have students create).

This is a great resource to use when interacting online:  Ten Ways to Use Discussions Forums to Promote Digital Citizenship



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* Character Friday – pick an element of DC IS to introduce, discuss, and interact
* Project Based Learning – have student create a project on one of the topics of DC IS
* DC IS Day or Week in which you will pull DC and IS into every conversation and activity
* Highlight one aspect of DC IS a month
* Think about each aspect – when you are writing a research paper – highlight Copyright and Plagiarism. When you are talking about online discussion, highlight Cyberbully and Privacy.
* At the beginning of the school year when students are accessing computers or mobile devices for the first time, Safe Password is important.

Common Sense Media
Ipad-in-palm-beachCommon Sense Media offers free Digital Citizenship and Internet Safety. Each resource is accompanied by lesson plans, handouts, and assessment. Grades 3 – 5 can use the interactive Digital Passports interface. Grades 6- 12 can use the lesson plans, handouts, and assessments. Each lesson is aligned to Common Core Learning Standards and NETS Standards for Students. In addition, family resources are available for each lesson to create a cohesive tie between DC and IS at home.

Common Sense Media Digital Citizenship Curriculum website

Printable Resources From Common Sense Media

Grades K – 5

1 – 1 Essentials Program Poster for elementary = Click here to download posters

Pause and Think Posters = Click here to download poster

All Digital Citizens = Click here to download posters

Grades 6 – 12

Photos and the Internet Poster = Click here to download poster
Digital Citizenship Pledge = Click here to download poster
1 – 1 Essentials Program Poster = Click here to download poster

Home & Family

Common Sense on Digital Life Elementary School = Click here to download printable resource
Common Sense on Digital Life Middle/High School = Click here to download printable resource


iBook & App Resources

Common Sense Media provides curriculum in iBook and App format.
* iBooks Textbooks – Downloadable (into iBooks App on mobile devices) Digital Literacy & Citizenship iBook Textbooks. Media rich includes videos, interactive lessons, assessments and more. Available in Teacher and Student versions.

*Digital Passport for Kids App – $1.99 – Ages 7 – 11 – On Digital Passport, kids will find their favorite kinds of games and activities like platform games, tools for creating digital mashups, and other fast-paced gobble ’em up games, all geared toward teaching them important lessons about digital life. When kids complete all of the levels inside, they’ve earned a Digital Passport to online safety. Parents can rest assured that their kids will know how to search safely, create robust passwords, participate in online communities responsibly, and use mobile devices sensibly.

* Digital Passport for Teachers – $1.99 – Teachers – Teachers can set up classrooms and monitor student progress using teacher dashboards on while students access the game directly on their iPads.


K – 12 DC & IS Curriculum Resources

Common Sense Media offers three types of FREE Internet Safety and Digital Citizenship curriculum.  Digital Passports for grades 3 – 5 is an online, interactive suite of engaging videos, games, and collaborative activities and can be accessed on a computer or a mobile device. [ Scope and Sequence] for grades K – 12 provides a modular format with lesson plans, student assessment, and standards alignment. The Scope and Sequence can also be access via iBooks Textbooks. Common Sense Media Toolkits provide lesson plans, activities, videos, and parent outreach materials.

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Brand new to Common Sense Media, Digital Compass is a gaming situation that allows students grade 6 – 9 to explore how decisions made in their digital lives can impact their relationships and future. The free game can be found here Digital Compass. Digital Compass is free online and App based. For grades 6 – 9

Each character helps to illustrate a different digital dilemma in:

* Cyberbullying & Digital Drama
* Self-Image & Identity
* Internet Safety & Privacy
* Creative Credit & Copyright
* Relationships & Communication
[ Digital Compass Educator Materials]

Digital Passport
Digital Passport allows for educators and students to discuss several DC & IS topics as well as have students interact Teacherportalin game-like modules to reinforce DC & IS curriculum. Teacher resources and introductory videos are available. For grades 3 – 5

Modules Include:
* Twalkers – Communication
* Share Jumper – Privacy
* E-volve – Upstander (Cyberbullying)
* Search Shark – Search
* Mix-n-Mash – Creative Credit

Teacher Materials include printable educator guides, links to videos, family tips and printable workbook for students

 Scope & Sequence
 Scope & Sequence offers a full curriculum for DC & IS. Educators can use the full curriculum or use pieces to help students become responsible 21st Century learners. The resources are divided by grade level can content to offer age appropriate lessons, assessments, and interactions. Interactions for K – 12

* Internet Safety
* Privacy & Security
* Relationships & Communication
* Cyberbullying
* Digital Footprint & Reputation
* Self-Image & Identity
* Information Literacy
* Creative Credit & Copyright



Digital Bytes teaches teens digital citizenship through student-directed, media-rich activities that tackle real-world dilemmas for teens 13 +. Teens learn from the experiences of their peers then create collaborative projects that voice their ideas for making smart, safe choices online. Digital Bytes is a great resource for high school students and educators. It brings in real-world examples and advocacy. Students will become innovators, creators, communicators, and thinkers!

Digital Bytes is designed to engage teens in:
1. Media reflection
2. Media deconstruction
3. Media creation

Students Can Become:
* Pioneer
* Creator
* Doer
* Thinker

Digital Bytes Website –
Digital Bytes Facilitator Guide –

Toolkits are topical resources for educators to use with students.


Curriculum Toolkits:Computers-Helping-Students-at-School-and-Home
* Standing up, Not Standing By – Cyberbullying Toolkit for Educators
* Girls, Boys, and Media: A Gender and Digital Life Toolkit
* Common Sense on E-rate and CIPA – A Toolkit for Schools and Districts


Additional Resources
The following are resources for Internet Safety and Digital Citizenship.

*Parent & Teacher Guide to the Internet By Frontier

*17 Rules to Protect My Child Online

* How The Internet Works –

* MTV A Thin Line-
* Nickelodeon Online Safety Guide –
* Infinite Learning Lab with Garfield –
* Cyber Five –
* BrainPOPJr Internet Safety –
* Smart Kids –
* Privacy Pirates –
* Privacy Playground First Adventure with the 3 Cyber Pigs –
* Cyber Cafe –
* Top Secret! –

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