Jody Campbell
Adjunct Instructor 2D, 3D and 4D Communication Design

Does your school teach Digital Citizenship & Responsibility?

How does your school teach Digital Citizenship & Responsibility? What classes are these ideas presented?

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Thomas Ho

Posted on 5/3/18 1:06:27 AM Permalink


Posted on 5/9/18 3:45:53 PM Permalink

Love this!!! I'm going to show this to our school.​

lin sha

Posted on 5/29/18 10:05:00 AM Permalink

Excellent resource ! Thanks for sharing.​

Lisa Rose

Posted on 9/1/17 12:24:30 AM Permalink

​We are also using the course from Common Sense Media. I will be begin teaching the curriculum to my freshman homeroom next week.

Rebecca DeWeese

Posted on 5/26/17 2:49:30 PM Permalink

I use Common Sense Media to help me teach this. The lesson on how your social media can affect college and job applications really got their attention. During this election year, we had several students get themselves in trouble on social media participating in highly charged debates and posting inappropriate things. Our school also does a tech bootcamp prior to the start of the freshman year that goes over these things as well. I also am reminding them often and try to use real life examples whenever it comes up.

Leigh Anne Peterson

Posted on 5/9/17 5:21:55 PM Permalink

​Our English and Language Arts classes are the classes that focus the most on copyright infringement and plagiarism. However, all classes make mention of this when assigning essays.

matt dichter

Posted on 4/20/17 10:29:58 AM Permalink

​I teach this course as Digital Literacy 8. It is a mandatory elective and is done in one third of the year. The topics we cover are digital communication (proper emails), online safety, digital footprint, cyber scams and schemes, cyber bullying, digital licenses and copyright, and catfishing. Common sense is a great website to get some case studies and other resources.

Sean Malone

Posted on 2/9/17 7:13:32 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 12/7/16 9:41:43 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 6/20/16 3:24:17 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 4/21/16 2:43:58 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 7/28/15 4:40:17 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 11/26/14 3:46:45 AM Permalink

Jessica Gauci

Posted on 11/24/14 11:22:49 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 11/24/14 4:52:09 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 10/7/14 10:07:09 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 10/4/14 12:57:44 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 10/5/14 3:46:55 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 10/3/14 3:06:10 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 8/7/14 3:20:30 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 8/19/14 1:43:39 PM Permalink

That's good to hear Yamuna!

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