Three ideas for teaching students digital citizenship

With the growing prevalence of devices, both inside and outside the classroom, today’s students begin carving a digital footprint from an early age. Teaching students about appropriate, responsible use of technology plays a huge role in their development as “digital citizens.” 

An important part of digital citizenship is digital etiquette, the code of conduct for appropriately interacting with others online. Here are some ideas to help students understand the importance of being respectful digital citizens.

  • Relate online actions to how we behave in person, reinforcing that you should treat others the way you want to be treated (both online and offline).
  • Model digital etiquette for students by creating a class account on social media and working as a class to determine what to post.
  • Show students this video about digital etiquette on the BrainPOP website, and follow up with the quiz and related activities.

For more guidance on teaching students about their digital footprint, check out this post.

What else do our students need to know to be good “digital citizens”?