Learning with technology, whether with a math app, a video how-to, or a wiki, opens up a new world of discovery for kids. As students access information in more connected ways, they are preparing for life in a new interconnected, global world. Due to this new connected way of learning, instruction in digital citizenship is more important now than ever before.
What is Digital Citizenship?
Digital citizenship is more than internet safety. It encompasses the norms of appropriate, responsible behavior with regard to technology use that everyone, adults and kids alike, should adopt in order to have a productive, meaningful, and safe online presence.
Digital citizenship instruction typically consists of eight main components:
- Internet Safety
- Digital Footprint & Reputation
- Privacy & Security
- Self-Image & Identity
- Relationships & Communication
- Information Literacy
- Creative Credit & Copyright
As you can see, digital citizenship addresses many facets of a person’s digital presence, including relationships, self-image, and communication. It is increasingly important that we provide students guidance in these areas as they engage more with online learning communities.
Resources for Schools
BVSD Ed Tech supports teachers and administrators when they have questions about how they can incorporate digital citizenship into their instruction and school culture. We recommend that each school builds a digital citizenship plan following the Common Sense Media scope and sequence. You can find this scope and sequence broken into grade level specific lessons on the BVSD Ed Tech Digital Citizenship website. You are also welcome to visit our Bundlr page where we curate resources on digital citizenship.
Please contact an Ed Tech team member if you have any questions about digital citizenship in BVSD.