"Digital citizenship can be described as knowing how to behave appropriately and responsibly with regard to technology use."1 (Digiteens)
Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior.

  • Advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology.
  • Exhibit a positive attitude toward using technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity.
  • Demonstrate personal responsibility for lifelong learning.
  • Exhibit leadership for digital citizenship.
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Citizen - "a native or naturalized person who owes allegiance to a larger state or collective and who shares in the rights and responsibilities afforded all members of that collective; a citizen both works for and benefits from a larger society.” (from Kenton School District

Sample Digital Citizenship Contract created by DigiTeens:
This has a pdf file that you can download with the contract.

Concept 1: Safety and Ethics - Advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology.

PO 1. Assess situations in which it is appropriate and safe to use a personal digital device in the home, school, community, and in the work place. (6-8)

Digital Parenting: Protecting and Empowering Kids
Overview: Even though this site is directed at parents, the information on how to keep kids safe and appropriate using technology is powerful. Click the link, watch the video and then click on additional resourses.

PO 2: Describe cyber-bullying and describe strategies to deal with such a situation (6-8)

NetSmartz Teens
Overview: Netsmartz has comprehensive materials to teach cyber bullying to middle school students. It includes short videos as well as online and offline materials. It also has animated videos using a fictional school, NS High to teach the different concepts.

STOP Cyberbullying
Overview: Are you Cyber bully? Test your behavior.

Understanding Cyberbullying Virtual vs. Physical Worlds
Overview: Lesson to teach students about how their actions online may contribute to bullying. Students establish a class set of ethics for online conduct.

PO 3. Identify and articulate rules for the use of digital tools as defined by school board policy and procedures. (6)
PO 3. Articulate and practice the school and district rules governing the use of digital tools as defined by school board policy and procedures. (7-8)

District Policy
Overview: This is the official District Policy on technology resources (Movies/Videos/Software Programs)
official district policy).

Overview: Students must answer all questions with a "yes” on student use of copyrighted multi-media materials.

1. Is the material related to what you are learning in class?
2. Did you use no more than 3 minutes of a video or 30 seconds of a recorded song?
3. Did you credit the source?
4. Did you include a statement saying, ”This material is used under the 'Fair Use' exemption to the U.S. Copyright Law"?

PO 4. Identify and articulate strategies to protect personal information.(6)
PO 4. Demonstrate safe online communication practices regarding personal information.(7-8)

Cybersmart: Private and Personal Information
Overview: Lesson on sharing private and personal information online

PO 5. Evaluate various websites to choose the best option for making an Internet purchase for a particular product. (6)
PO 5. Analyze and compare various aspects of E-commerce. (7-8)

How E-Commerce Influences Consumer Choice (6)
Overview: Students are given directions for shopping for shoes and toys and there are follow-up discussion questions and activities.

Online Marketing to Kids: Strategies and Techniques
Overview: This provides information to students on marketing strategies to kids and ways for them to deconstruct media messages.

PO 6. Exhibit legal and ethical behavior when using technology and discuss consequences of misuse. (6)
PO 6. Exhibit legal and ethical behavior when using technology. (7-8)

Plagiarism Quiz and Background (7-8)
Overview: This site provides an online quiz for students on plagiarism. It is written for a high school but can be used with (7-8).

Exploring Plagiarism, Copyright, and Paraphrasing (6-8)
Overview: This lesson has students understand copyright, fair use and plagiarism. It has students work on paraphrasing skills within these concepts.

Concept 2: Leadership for Digital Citizenship - Demonstrate leadership for digital citizenship.
PO 1. Promote digital citizenship by consistently leading by example and advocating social and civic responsibility to others. (6-8)
Campaigning for Fair Use: Public Service Announcements on Copyright Awareness (6-8)
Overview: Students create Public Service Announcements (PSAs) about fair-use after exploring who owns what you compose or create.

Concept 3: Impact of Technology- Develop an understanding of the cultural, historical, economic and political impact of technology on individuals and society.

PO 1. Research a current technology and describe its potential use to solve an economic, environmental, health, political, scientific, or social problem. (6)
PO 1. Analyze the potential benefits and hazards of a new technology and the possible short- and long-term consequences of implementing this technology. (7)
PO 1. Analyze current economic, environmental, health, political, scientific, or social problems that have technological solutions and propose potential solutions for the problems. (8)

Additional Resources:
Lessons to Learn about Publishing on the Internet
Overview: List of do’s and don’ts of Internet usage

Teaching Copyright
Overview: Printable quiz on copyright.

Peer to Peer File Sharing
Overview: Group lesson on file sharing and legal problems

Fair Use: You Be The Judge
Overview: Students participate in a mock trial Disney vs. Faden to demonstrate fair use.

Digiteen Ning
Overview: A social networking site where teens share projects and ideas about digital citizenship.