Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

*Click to open and customize your own copy of the Digital Etiquette Lesson Plan

This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Digital Etiquette, and supports the standard of recognizing safe, appropriate, positive, and responsible online behavior and identifying strategies to combat negative online behavior.  Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of projects.


Ask students: How is communication online different from talking in person? How is it the same?


  • Read aloud the description on the Digital Etiquette topic page.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding.
  • Assign Related Reading. Have students read one of the following articles: “Did You Know?” or “Language”. Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: APPLY and ASSESS 

Students take the Digital Etiquette Challenge and Quiz, prompting students to apply essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.


Students express what they learned about digital etiquette while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs.

  • Make-a-Movie: Create a BrainPOP-stye movie in which Tim and Moby model the answer to this question: What does positive online behavior sound like?
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map that identifies how online communication might differ based on different situations, like in an email to a teacher or a comment on a friend’s post. 
  • Creative Coding: Code a game in which players sort online messages by whether or not they are clear and appropriate for their audience. 
  • Primary Source Activity: Read the article and cite details to answer the questions. 

More to Explore

Digital Citizenship Resources: Continue to build understanding around digital citizenship with BrainPOP’s topics, games, and teacher resources.

Teacher Support Resources:


Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments