Digital Citizenship

Just as it takes a village to raise a child; it's also our shared responsibility to prepare children to be safe and responsible users of technology. As you consider teaching and modeling beginning of the year routines and procedures, don’t overlook Digital Citizenship. Establish a safe and responsible cyber community where students can develop their digital literacy and expertise.Digital Citizenship is not a one time conversation or lesson. It is an ongoing task of modeling and training safety and responsible technology use that parents, librarians, teachers and administrators must share. Some aspects must be explicitly taught while others that can be integrated into the regular curriculum. Be safe, Be ready, Be a responsible Digital Citizen!

Don't know where to begin? Bookmark or download this flyer so you can review and check out the following resources:

International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)

Classroom Resources

These posters are not intended to substitute for true, open and honest discussions with our students, nor are they meant to replace the daily modeling that should be taking place. They can serve as discussion starters, writing prompts, or be posted as classroom anchor charts for reminders.

Digital Citizenship Safety Kit

For younger students or those who enjoy teaching with visuals or props check out this idea for a Digital Citizenship Safety Kit

  1. Advocates for digital access for all
  2. Treats others with respect online
  3. Does not steal digital property
  4. Understands appropriate use
  5. Employs digital learning strategies for independent learning
  6. Protects payment information during online shopping
  7. Honors rights of others in all online forums
  8. Respects all digital citizens’ privacy
  9. Avoids addictive digital behavior                        

The Following link is a free online computer education curriculum approved for grades K-8. This curriculum addresses all technology TEKS for elementary and middle school as well as separate lessons for Digital Citizenship. Teachers will need to register at with their AISD email address and set up a password to establish their class. This is currently the tool used by our middle schools to prepare students for the 8th grade state technology assessment.

9 Components of Digital Citizenship

Digital Compass

Digital Compass is gaming tool released by Common Sense Media to help kids grades 6-9 learn the fundamentals of digital citizenship and digital literacy through playing interactive games.  The games are in the form of a simulation of the digital world we live in and provides kids with an informed understanding of the implications involved in creating digital identities.Digital Compass is available as a web-based tool to be played online, the iOS and Android app is expected to be released soon. The game starts with a short introductory video about the game after which kids are prompted to select a character and dive in with it in its digital world. While creating a story for the selected character, students will engage with a variety of thinking and conceptual skills. They have to think strategically about how to create a good digital path for their character, the decisions to take to solve unexpected problems and how to anticipate potential risks. All of this takes place within an immersive game-based environment that students will definitely enjoy.

Additional Resources

The following list was developed by Margaret Resendez (former TLI Technology Specialist) AISD Librarian at Anderson Elementary. This list provides many online tutorials that can be adapted for your classroom presentation or shared with parents.

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