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Digital Citzenship Standards

Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior.

a. Advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology

b. Exhibit a positive attitude toward using technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity

c. Demonstrate personal responsibility for lifelong learning d. Exhibit leadership for digital citizenship

(Thank you to ISTE for allowing us to post)


The guide has been put together to help parents and carers better understand the issues surrounding cyberbullying and how to help their children should they become a victim.


Educational Resources

Thank you to Kayla Harris for the links and resources

10 Tips to Keep Kids Safe Online

Dealing with Cyberbullying

The Essential Teen Internet Safety Guide

Digital Citzenship

What is Digital Citzenship?
Digital Citizenship is a concept which helps teachers, technology leaders and parents to understand what students/children/technology users should know to use technology appropriately. Digital Citizenship is more than just a teaching tool; it is a way to prepare students/technology users for a society full of technology. Digital citizenship is the norms of appropriate, responsible technology use.  Too often we are seeing students as well as adults misusing and abusing technology but not sure what to do. The issue is more than what the users do not know but what is considered appropriate technology usage

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What Your Students Really Need to Know About Digital Citizenship 


The greatest software invented for human safety is the human brain. It's time that we start using those brains. We must mix head knowledge with action. In my classroom, I use two essential approaches in the digital citizenship curriculum that I teach: proactive knowledge and experiential knowledge.

Proactive Knowledge

I want my students to know the "9 Key Ps" of digital citizenship. I teach them about these aspects and how to use them. While I go into these Ps in detail in my book Reinventing Writing, here are the basics:

1. Passwords

Do students know how to create a secure password? Do they know that email and online banking should have a higher level of security and never use the same passwords as other sites? Do they have a system likeLastPass for remembering passwords, or a secure app where they store this information? (See 10 Important Password Tips Everyone Should Know.) 

2. Privacy

Do students know how to protect their private information like address, email, and phone number? Private information can be used to identify you. (I recommend the Common Sense Media Curriculum on this.)

3. Personal Information

While this information (like the number of brothers and sisters you have or your favorite food) can't be used to identify you, you need to choose who you will share it with.

4. Photographs

Are students aware that some private things may show up in photographs (license plates or street signs), and that they may not want to post those pictures? Do they know how to turn off a geotagging feature? Do they know that some facial recognition software can find them by inserting their latitude and longitude in the picture -- even if they aren't tagged? (See the Location-Based Safety Guide)

5. Property

Do students understand copyright, Creative Commons, and how to generate a license for their own work? Do they respect property rights of those who create intellectual property? Some students will search Google Images and copy anything they see, assuming they have the rights. Sometimes they'll even cite "Google Images" as the source. We have to teach them that Google Images compiles content from a variety of sources. Students have to go to the source, see if they have permission to use the graphic, and then cite that source.

6. Permission

Do students know how to get permission for work they use, and do they know how to cite it?

7. Protection

Do students understand what viruses, malware, phishing, ransomware, and identity theft are, and how these things work? (See Experiential Knowledge below for tips on this one.)

8. Professionalism

Do students understand the professionalism of academics versus decisions about how they will interact in their social lives? Do they know about netiquette and online grammar? Are they globally competent? Can they understand cultural taboos and recognize cultural disconnects when they happen, and do they have skills for working out problems?

9. Personal Brand

Have students decided about their voice and how they want to be perceived online? Do they realize they have a "digital tattoo" that is almost impossible to erase? Are they intentional about what they share?

Experiential Knowledge

During the year, I'll touch on each of these 9 Key Ps with lessons and class discussions, but just talking is not enough. Students need experience to become effective digital citizens. Here's how I give them that:

Truth or Fiction

To protect us from disease, we are inoculated with dead viruses and germs. To protect students from viruses and scams, I do the same thing. Using current scams and cons from SnopesTruth or Fiction, the Threat Encyclopedia, or the Federal Trade Commission website, I'm always looking for things that sound crazy but are true, or sound true but are false or a scam. I'll give them to students as they enter class and ask them to be detectives. This opens up conversations of all kinds of scams and tips.

Turn Students into Teachers

Students will create tutorials or presentations exposing common scams and how to protect yourself. By dissecting cons and scams, students become more vigilant themselves. I encourage them to share how a person could detect that something was a scam or con.

Collaborative Learning Communities

For the most powerful learning experiences, students should participate in collaborative learning (like the experiences shared in Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds). My students will collaborate with others on projects likeGamifi-ed or the AIC Conflict Simulation (both mentioned in a recent post ongame-based learning).

Students need experience sharing and connecting online with others in a variety of environments. We have a classroom Ning where students blog together, and public blogs and a wiki for sharing our work with the world. You can talk about other countries, but when students connect, that is when they learn. You can talk about how students need to type in proper case and not use IM speak, but when their collaborative partner from Germany says they are struggling to understand what's being typed in your classroom, then your students understand.


Help Students Know How To Navigate Online
( Thank you to EDUTOPIA for the links)

How Do We Teach Digital Citizenship?

Find out how other educators are undertaking the challenges, and weigh in with your own ideas in this discussion.

Five-Minute Film Festival: Teaching Digital Citizenship
This popular video playlist shows why we should teach digital citizenship, and includes launchpad videos to seed classroom discussions.

The Big List of Digital Citizenship Resources
Dive into this collection of freshly updated resources on internet safety, cyberbullying, digital responsibility, and more.

Web links for Cyberbully and Digital Citizenship

 Statistics from the Bureau of Justice - School Crime and Safety

1 out of 4 kids is bullied
1 our of 5 kids admits to being a bully or doing some "bullying"
43% are afraid of being harassed in a school bathroom
80% of the time, an argument with a bully will result in a physical fight
 Cyber bullying – Grades 5-8
 •On playgrounds, a child is bullied every 7 minutes.
Adults intervene only 4% of the time.
 •Peers intervene 11% of the time, and 85% of the time there is no intervention at all.
 •15% of the kids have reported being embarrassed, bullied or threatened online
 •4% admitted to harassing or threatening another person online

Then I watch Ellen Degeneres on video talking about this senseless act of cruelty.  (Broken link-Fixed 9-3-2014)

Other site: 
Cyber Bullying PSA - A Film of a 13 Year Old

Cyberbullying PSA
(Very hard core language of how it starts and ends with tragedy)

Abby's Story - A Bullying Story

This video shows just what can happen if you're a bully. Think before you speak. Think before you act. Bystanders, you have the most power, use it in the right way.

A Cyber Bullying Suicide Story -- Ryan Halligan age 13
Please watch as a father of a young man who committed suicide after being cyber bullied, tells his sons story and the pain he has to live with for the rest of his life. PLEASE, If you see someone being bullied, step in and help....

I want to thank everyone in advance that may watch this video and Know's anyone that is in this situation and that you will not just stand back and watch. Please Help anyway you can. He is right, YOU ARE ALL LOVED BEYOND BELIEF.

Childnet International - Cyber Bullying 

•Dangers of cyber bullying

•Offers solutions to the problem.

•Hi, this is Kent from Kls Support Services. In ...

  Video information: Tks to Lori Abrahams for the REAL story on the Ctberbully video…See below:

  ‘Let’s Fight It Together’ is an award winning film produced by Childnet for the Department for Children Schools and Families to help sensitise young people to the pain and hurt which can be caused by cyberbullying.

You are able to view the film online or order a copy here. There are also interviews available describing each characters experience from their different perspectives.

A full Teachers’ Guide and lesson plan has been produced by Childnet for teachers to help in the preparation of showing this film and looking at the issues of cyberbullying which the film addresses.  The full guidance for schools on preventing and responding to cyberbullying which Childnet produced for the DCSF is available here.

Childnet would also like to thank The EDGE production company for part sponsoring the production of this film and the students, staff and governors from Belhus Chase Specialist Humanities College for allowing us to film in their school.

The parts in the above video were played by actors.

If you have any questions about this film, or would like to give any feedback on the film please contact


A Cyber Bullying Suicide Story

 Cyber Bullying-

 ( Author note:Hard to watch this…parents talk about the suicide of their daughter.

 •This video talks about Cyber Bullying being a major problem in our society today. Special thanks to Dr. Phil and CTV for the footage.


Net Cetera: Additional Resources


To find out more about the Net Cetera campaign, contact


The FTC offers Net Cetera:

Chatting with Kids about Being Online

Tools to Track Your Footprints on the Web  !

Pipl  ($) claims to search the deep or invisible Web to find documents, blog entries, photos, publicly available information that other search engines don't serve up.

Spokeo people search.

 It will search across all major social networks and the Web to dig out your activities on them.




 is a real time people search service that looks into nearly every corner of the Web.


•Proprietary search algorithm, you can find comprehensive and name related information consisting of images, videos, phone numbers, email addresses, social networking and Wikipedia profiles plus much more.


Content is pulled from an extensive list of international and regional relevant sources in over 11 countries in multiple languages.



can "listen in on the social media conversations you're interested in."

Visualization search tool watches Twitter, FriendFeed, blog posts, Google reader shares and Flickr



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