Digital Citizenship

Digital citizenship is a term that describes what it means to be a critical thinker, a respectful communicator, a responsible creator and a positive member of an online global society. In a world of ever-evolving technology that allows for infinite connectedness, digital citizenship education is critical.

We have curated digital citizenship lessons from Common Sense Education (see below).

To access the full list of lessons, click the links to the right.

All activities are written with a Social Emotional Learning (SEL) lens.

If you are a teacher, email or if you'd like support with integrating these lessons into your classroom.


Media Balance (15 Minutes)

  • Know when and why to take breaks from device time.

  • Consider the feelings of people around them, even when engaged in fun online activities.

Traveling Safely Online (15 Minutes)

  • Discover that the internet can be used to visit faraway places and learn new things.

  • Compare how staying safe online is similar to staying safe in the real world.

  • Explain rules for traveling safely on the internet.

1st Grade

Use Your Heart and Mind When You Go Online (15 Minutes)

  • Learn the "Pause & Think Online" song to remember to be safe, responsible, and
    respectful online.

  • Reflect on ways to be kind and respectful online.

Internet Traffic Light (15 Minutes)

  • Understand that being safe online is similar to staying safe in real life.

  • Learn to identify websites and apps that are "just right" and "not right" for them.

  • Know how to get help from an adult if they are unsure about a website.

2nd Grade

We the Digital Citizens (15 Minutes)

  • Understand that being a good digital citizen means being safe and responsible online.

  • Take a pledge to be a good digital citizen.

Digital Trails (15 Minutes)

  • Learn that the information they share online leaves a digital footprint or "trail"

  • Explore what information is OK to be shared online

Putting a Stop to Online Meanness (15 Minutes)

  • Understand what online meanness can look like and how it can make people feel

  • Identify ways to respond to mean words online, using S-T-O-P

3rd Grade

Our Responsibilities Online (15 minutes) (45 Minute Version)

  • Use the rings of responsibility to think about how behavior affects selves and others.

  • Recognize the relationship between behaviors and emotions.

  • Identify examples of how they can be their best selves when using technology.

Our Digital Citizenship Pledge (45 Minutes)

  • Define what a community is, both in-person and online.

  • Explain how having norms helps people in a community achieve their goals.

  • Create and pledge to adhere to shared norms for being in an online community.

This is Me (45 Minutes)

  • Consider how posting selfies or other images will lead others to make assumptions about them.

  • Reflect on the most important parts of their unique identity.

  • Identify ways they can post online to best reflect who they are.

Is Seeing Believing? (45 Minutes)

  • Recognize that photos and videos can be altered digitally.

  • Identify different reasons why someone might alter a photo or video.

  • Analyze altered photos and videos to try to determine why.

4th Grade

My Media Choices (15 Minutes) (45 Minute Version)

  • Learn the What? When? How Much? framework for describing their media choices.

  • Reflect on how their media choices impact the way they feel.

  • Begin to develop their own definition of a healthy media balance.

Private and Personal Information (15 Minutes) (45 Minute Version)

  • Identify the reasons why people share information about themselves online.

  • Explain the difference between private and personal information.

  • Explain why it is risky to share private information online.

Our Online Tracks (45 Minutes)

  • Define the term "digital footprint" and identify the online activities that contribute to it.

  • Identify ways they are -- and are not -- in control of their digital footprint.

  • Understand what responsibilities they have for the digital footprints of themselves and others.

A Creator's Rights and Responsibilities (45 Minutes)

  • Define "copyright" and explain how it applies to creative work.

  • Describe their rights and responsibilities as creators.

  • Apply copyright principles to real-life scenarios.

5th Grade

  • Define "the curiosity gap."

  • Explain how clickbait uses the curiosity gap to get your attention.

  • Use strategies for avoiding clickbait.

Beyond Gender Stereotypes (45 Minutes)

  • Define "gender stereotype" and describe how they can be present online.

  • Describe how gender stereotypes can lead to unfairness or bias.

  • Create an avatar and a poem that show how gender stereotypes impact who they are.

Is it Cyberbullying? (15 Minutes) (45 Minute Version)

  • Recognize similarities and differences between in-person bullying, cyberbullying, and being mean.

  • Empathize with the targets of cyberbullying.

  • Identify strategies for dealing with cyberbullying and ways they can be an upstander for those being bullied.

Reading News Online (15 Minutes) (45 Minute Lesson)

  • Understand the purposes of different parts of an online news page.

  • Identify the parts and structure of an online news article.

  • Learn about things to watch out for when reading online news pages, such as sponsored content and advertisements.

6th Grade

Don't Feed the Phish (45 Minutes)

  • Compare and contrast identity theft with other kinds of theft.

  • Describe different ways that identity theft can occur online.

  • Use message clues to identify examples of phishing.

Who are you Online? (15 Minutes) (45 Minute Version)

  • Reflect on reasons why people might create fake social media accounts.

  • Identify the possible results of posting from a fake social media account.

  • Debate the benefits and drawbacks of posting from multiple accounts.

Digital Drama Unplugged (15 Minutes)

  • Reflect on how easily drama can escalate online.

  • Identify de-escalation strategies when dealing with digital drama.

  • Reflect on how digital drama can affect not only oneself but also those around us.

Finding Credible News (45 Minutes)

  • Learn reasons that people put false or misleading information on the internet.

  • Learn criteria for differentiating fake news from credible news.

  • Practice evaluating the credibility of information they find on the internet.

7th Grade

Big, Big, Data (45 Minutes)

  • Explain why information about them and their behaviors is valuable to companies.

  • Analyze how certain types of data are used by companies.

  • Learn three strategies to limit individual data collection by companies.

The Power of Digital Footprints (15 Minutes)

  • Define the term "digital footprint" and explain how it can affect their online privacy.

  • Analyze how different parts of their digital footprint can lead others to draw conclusions -- both positive and negative -- about who they are.

  • Use the Take a Stand thinking routine to examine a dilemma about digital footprints.

My Social Media Life (15 Minutes) (45 Minute Version)

  • Identify the role of social media in their lives.

  • Reflect on the positive and negative effects social media use has on their relationships.

  • Recognize "red flag feelings" when using social media and use the Feelings & Options thinking routine to consider ways to handle them.

The Four Factors of Fair Use (50 Minutes)

  • Define the terms "copyright," "public domain," and "fair use."

  • Identify the purpose of the Four Factors of Fair Use.

  • Apply fair use to real-world examples, making a case for or against.

8th Grade

Being Aware of What You Share (50 Minutes)

  • Reflect on the concept of privacy, including what they feel comfortable sharing and with which people.

  • Analyze different ways that advertisers collect information about users to send them targeted ads.

  • Identify strategies for protecting their privacy, including opting out of specific features and analyzing app or website privacy policies.

Sexting and Relationships (15 Minutes) (50 Minute Version)

  • Compare the risks and benefits of self-disclosure in relationships.

  • Identify the risks and potential consequences of sexting.

  • Use the Feelings & Options thinking routine to consider how to respond in situations where sexting could occur.

Responding to Online Hate Speech (45 Minutes)

  • Examine and respond to a piece of artwork about the power of technology.

  • Analyze an online hate speech dilemma using the Feelings & Options steps.

  • Identify specific actions to positively affect a situation involving hate speech.