Below you will find our Top Digital Citizenship Resources for parents and teachers. How to use them? Download the CyberWise Guide to Digital Citizenship E-Book. It walks you through the steps of how to access and use much of what’s below.
Our criteria for each resource is that it is:
- Proactive– It empowers young people to use powerful technologies confidently and wisely.
- Not Fear-Based– Although cyberbullying, sexting, and online safety and such are certainly important concerns, we prefer resources that help young people learn how to harness the power of digital technologies in positive ways that prevent such actions in the first place.
- Behavior Focused– It’s about neurology, not technology (apologies to the original author of this great line, wish we knew who??). We love lessons that can be conducted even without technology because they reaffirm our belief the digital citizenship is about basic behaviors… like being nice.
- Common Sense Media
- Our Space: Being a Responsible Citizen of the Digital World
- Media Smarts
- Netsafe: my LPG
- Cable in the Classroom
- Digital Citizenship: Using Technology Appropriately
- DIGIZEN Website
- Digital Community, Digital Citizen (Ohler, 2010) is one of our favorite resources for providing a broad overview of digital citizenship.
Don’t forget to download our 8 Rules for Good Digital Citizenship Outdoors!
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Student Video from Cyber Civics Curriculum
Cyber Civics is our popular middle school digital citizenship and literacy program that meets an urgent and growing need to prepare students with the skills to be thoughtful, ethical, and smart digital citizens.
The program includes three levels of weekly turn-key lessons inDigital Citizenship, Information Literacy, and Media Literacy For Positive Participation. Cyber Civics is easy for any school, teacher or after-school program to teach. Lessons emphasizes critical thinking, ethical discussion and decision making about digital media issues. Based upon published academic research : New Media Literacy Education: A Developmental Approach, it can be taught entirely without technology (that’s because experts widely agree that the most important new media skills are social and behavioral skills!). Learn how to bring Cyber Civics to your school.
For more information visit: https://www.cyberwise.org/