Comments (14)

Sean Malone

Posted on Feb 9, 2017 7:13 PM - Permalink

​I think digital citizenship is both an essential and underused subject in schools. Working from the Government perspective, as we collect data and look at how schools are teaching digital citizenship, the amount of time spend teaching DC is not equal with the technology integration in the classroom. Often times, content like this gets pushed aside for testing prep and other standards teachers are required to fill.

As the digital natives become the workforce, we need to keep the perspective and eye on the needs to teach digital citizenship. Common Sense Media is a great tool though we need to present the curriculum for both the student's world and microcosm of where the students live and the digital current events they are living in right now.

James Buzacott

Posted on Dec 7, 2016 9:41 PM - Permalink

​I have included this as part of our eSmart courses from Year 4 to Year 12. I should probably add it to our Prep to Year 3 courses as well, but I still have to design how to handle it at these levels. As we are a School of Distance Education and the students all have Home Tutors, perhaps I should put it in the Home Tutor section of the courses for the younger students??

Hopefully, too, the teachers include this topic as part of their Collaborate sessions with their students, particularly during their GROWTH lessons. Something I need to push.

Diana S. Lopez

Posted on Jun 20, 2016 3:24 PM - Permalink

I'd like this subject to be included in the curriculum. It is very important to learn and to teach our kids about the responsibilities we have with the community.

Erica Ellis

Posted on Apr 21, 2016 2:43 AM - Permalink

We do not have a formal Digital Citizenship curriculum in our district but myself and a colleague are teaching a class for teachers over the summer that will align to Common Sense's certification requirements. We are hoping to get a few teachers certified to begin having a conversation about where we can use this in the high school curriculum. I would like to see it taught across all subjects of course such as legal, fair and ethical use in English and history classrooms but perhaps a larger section in freshman computer applications courses as well. The other thing that we have to consider as well is what knowledge and learning our kids come to us from our middle school districts with.

Maureen LloydJames

Posted on Jul 28, 2015 4:40 PM - Permalink

We are required to teach this in our university intro to computers course. Most of the material you find online is focused on the Elementary / Middle school levels. As I don't have a book I have to tweak this part of the course to meet the older university students. I think that some of it is relevant at this level and most is not. Does anyone else have experience of teaching this at university level?

Jaclyn Spangler

Posted on Nov 26, 2014 3:46 AM - Permalink

Jessica Gauci

Posted on Nov 24, 2014 11:22 AM - Permalink

I don't explicitly teach it, though usually cover it in most of the programs as we are using images and art. I explain it in more detail in the senior years.

Colin Byers

Posted on Nov 24, 2014 4:52 AM - Permalink

Some of the schools in our district offer a course in digital citizenship in grade 9. Most of the resources come from

Mark Hajewski

Posted on Oct 7, 2014 10:07 PM - Permalink

Teaching the media productions courses gives me the opportunity to include digital responsibility with regards to copyrights, online learning and media management. These are three topics that need to be reinforced every term.

Moreover, digital literacy needs to be in the curriculum. Identifying reliable information, being critical of sources and efficient data searching are skills that need to be front loaded before the students have to use them. The challenge is the integration of the topics into existing curriculum so that the application is relevant to the students. Teaching digital literacy or responsibility as a singleton will not be as successful as it needs to be.

Valery Keibler

Posted on Oct 4, 2014 12:57 PM - Permalink

Great discussion topic. We think about plagiarism in writing and our school has a policy on it, but not so much on images and professional ethics. As an instructor, I include it in the syllabus and discuss it a few times during the semester. Hopefully the students hear it other places as well!

Brian Tsigaris

Posted on Oct 5, 2014 3:46 PM - Permalink

I think it is important that we keep the discussion going with our students so that it is a constant reminder as they do with English and other subjects. I also include a reminder on all of my rubrics as well as a check list for students to mentally check off that they haven't infringed on an rights. It helps to keep them aware of their responsibilities.

Brian Tsigaris

Posted on Oct 3, 2014 3:06 PM - Permalink

I teach a unit on Digital Citizenship and Responsibility which is always a great subject in a communications technology classroom. And always a subject that students tend to be passionate about as well. I don't find very many teachers even discuss this topic. I am not sure if this is because the amount of technology out there is overwhelming or if it is because it is constantly changing and hard to keep up on and be knowledgable about.

Yamuna Rathnayake

Posted on Aug 7, 2014 3:20 PM - Permalink

I am happy to here that you use this. Our school also teach Digital Citizenship & Responsibility for grade 8 and grade 9. All digital lessons were created by our own language.

Jody Campbell

Posted on Aug 19, 2014 1:43 PM - Permalink

That's good to hear Yamuna!

I think this a important subject that is too often overlooked.