Technology is a way of life today–from smartphones to the Internet and everything in between. Just as we teach children to be good citizens, following rules of society, we must also educate and model good digital citizenship. As a 21st century teacher, you are probably expected to incorporate digital citizenship into your already jam-packed curriculum. Safe and responsible use of technology is a major component of this education, as is understanding how technology can contribute to making our communities and the world a more positive place through collaboration, creation, and communication.

To help you, BrainPOP offers a Digital Citizenship collection consisting of 14 topics ranging from Digital Etiquette to Information Privacy and more. You’ll notice the topics fall naturally into the themes identified by Mike Ribble, author of Digital Citizenship in Schools and supported by the International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE).   


Digital Etiquette   

Acting appropriately online and recognizing inappropriate behavior

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Digital Communication

Making appropriate decisions when faced with many different digital communication options, such as connecting on social media.

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Digital Literacy

Using various technologies effectively, such as searching for, evaluating, and curating information.

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Digital Law / Digital Rights & Responsibilities

Using technology in an ethical manner (e.g., no hacking, no plagiarizing, no stealing identities), and recognizing that is everyone is due certain rights online, such as privacy and free speech.

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Digital Security  

Using electronic precautions to guarantee safety, such as creating secure passwords, not sharing passwords, backing up data, antivirus protection, etc.

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Digital Access

Ensuring equal access to technology and understanding limitations when access is withheld.

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