How do we become better digital citizens?

I have spent many months reading up on trends in ed tech including the integration of mobile apps and blogging. It wasn’t until this week that I stopped and asked myself, what about the citizenship aspect of 21st century technologies? Our school has an extensive list of how to interact with others appropriately using email and we have a very detailed policy in place that parents need to sign every year. I spend a considerable amount of time going over digital conduct and even go as far as showing a video on Internet safety. The one thing we were lacking was a nice kid-friendly reminder somewhere in our learning commons citing good online behaviour. I believe it is important to teach students how to conduct themselves online, to ensure they are safe and respectful towards others.

It is for this reason, that I was on a mission to create a kid friendly poster. I have been inspired by the following links on netiquette:

Attached is my kid-friendly poster on digital citizenship at the K-4 level. If I were teaching older students, I would add info about plagiarism (intellectual property) and proper grammar/sentence structure as they are capable of these skills at that age.

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Now that you have some guidelines, check out these interactive resources on digital citizenship:
Garfield videos discussing: cyber bullying, self-esteem, self-control, peer pressure, listening, online safety, fact or opinion, giving back, diversity, forms of media of several Games discussing digital literacy/citizenship by MediaSmart Digital Passport Program (log in required)

Teacher Resources from Google:


Common Sense Media. (2013). Digital passport. Retrieved from

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning. (2012). 10 excellent digital citizenship tips for our students and kids. Retrieved from

Edudemic. (2012, July 22). 10 interactive lessons by Google on digital citizenship. Retrieved from

Edutopia. (2008, August 13). Beyond Emily: Post-ing etiquette. Retrieved from

Infinite Learning Lab. (2013). Homepage. Retrieved from

Media Smarts. (n.d.). Educational games. Retrieved from

Weir, L. (2008, August 13). Online manners matter. Retrieved from


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