“Students have an opportunity to make a difference and we need to focus on giving them both the opportunities and tools to make a difference in their world through the effective use of technology and social media.”
George Couros, Digital Leadership Blog Post
- Awkward Teacher Cell Phone Policy
- Footprints in the digital age. Will Richardson in Educational Leadership (from EBSCO – password required)
- The Right to Be Forgotten Poses More Questions Than Answers The Guardian
- How an iPhone Can Lead to Broken Bones for Young Children The New York Times
- Communities Fight State Laws That Can Divide Broadband Access The New York Times
- Americans Say They Want Privacy, but Act as if They Don’t The New York Times
- For Guccifer, Hacking Was Easy. Prison Is Hard. The New York Times
- Digitally Speaking Will Ferriter in Educational Leadership (from EBSCO – password required)
- With Amazon’s Echo, You Are Never Alone The New York Times
- Don’t Trip Over Your Digital Footprint. National Public Radio (from EBSCO – password required)
- U.S. Cracks Down on Debt Brokers Who Exposed Consumers’ Financial Details The New York Times
- Napanee students suspended over sharing of ‘inappropriate images’ Canadian Press (from EBSCO – password required)
- Six Career-Killing Facebook Mistakes Investopedia.com
- Teaching Digital Citizenship 101. Toronto Star (from EBSCO – password required)
- Why the U.S. net neutrality debate has not spilled into Canada The Globe and Mail
- Job Hunters: Polish that online image. USA Today (from EBSCO – password required)
- The Children of Cyberspace: Old Fogies by Their 20s The New York Times
- Schools add lessons in Internet etiquette and safety. USA Today (from EBSCO – password required)
Time Canadians spend online climbs as people shift to small screens The Globe and Mail
Digital Citizenship Planning at Esquimalt High School: Step 1: Take the survey
BC Curriculum Digital Literacy Competencies (bced.gov.bc.ca/dist_learning/digitial-literacy)
BC’s DRAFT Digital Literacy framework proposes that:
- Internet safety
- privacy and security
- relationship and communication
- digital footprint and reputation
- self-image and identity
- creative credit and copyright
- legal and ethical aspects
- balance attitude towards technology
- understanding and awareness of the role of ICT in society
DRAFT BC Curriculum for Physical and Health Education (curriculum.gov.bc.ca)
Beginning in Grade 4 and continuing until Grade 9 the draft BC curriculum states that students will know and understand the “Safe use of the internet and social media”.
School Districts’ Resources:
- Coquitlam School District 43 – Digital Citizenship
- Delta School District 37 – (Deltalearns.ca) – Digital Literacy and Citizenship Resources
- Sooke School District 62 – Digital Literacy 12 Course, Cyber safety and Ethics
Curriculum: Outside BC
Province of Alberta Digital Citizenship Policy Development Guide (Canada)
- Lester B. Pearson School Board, Québec – Digital Citizenship: Preparing Students for the Future (Canada)
- State of Kentucky Digital Driver’s License Program (United States)
- New South Wales Department of Education and Training Digital Citizenship Resource (Australia)
- DigiTeen Project (Multinational group working on digital citizenship for teenagers)
Digital Citizenship (www.digitalcitizenship.net)
Mike Ribble identifies nine elements of digital citizenship: access, commerce, communication, literacy, etiquette, law, rights and responsibility, health and wellness, and security. Digital Citizenship in School (Ribble, 2011)
Digital Citizenship, MOOC 2014, University of Alaska Southeast (JasonOhler.com) and (Google+ Community)
Dr. Jason Ohler, professor at University of Alaska Southeast, facilitated a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on digital citizenship as an extension to his book Digital Community, Digital Citizen (Ohler, 2010).
Net Family News (www.netfamilynews.org)
Anne Collier was one of the co-chairs of the Online Safety and Technology Working Group
Understanding Digital Citizenship by Alec Couros
Digital Citizenship in Schools by Judy O’Connell
Online Resources: Canada
Youth Privacy (www.youthprivacy.ca)
Created by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada Youth Privacy focusses on youth awareness and education about privacy and technology use and provides Powerpoint presentations (with speaker’s notes for teachers of students from grade 4 to 12) to help teachers teach students how technology affects privacy and how students can secure their online identity.
Social Smarts: Privacy, the Internet and You (www.priv.gc.ca/youth-jeunes)
This website is created by the Canadian Office of the Privacy Commission of Canada, Youth Privacy department. Graphic novels are designed in PDF version, or HTML version along with a discussion guide to help youth navigate online privacy risks.
MediaSmarts is an award-winning Canadian non‐profit organization that promotes digital and media literacy. This easy to use website provides comprehensive information and accessible and practical resources including:
- recent Canadian-based research
- overviews of key media and digital issues
- lesson plans and professional development resources and
- parent resources.
The site can be searched by grade level, topic and province to identify relevant units and lesson plans.
Canadian Centre for Child Protection (www.protectchildren.ca)
This Canadian non-profit society’s website provides many resources including a tip line for online safety, Kids in the Know, a child abuse prevention program and other resources for teachers and parents.
Need Help Now (www.needhelpnow.ca)
This site provides step by step instructions for kids who want to have images removed from Facebook, Instagram, etc.
The Door That’s Not Locked (www.thedoorthatsnotlocked.ca)
The Canadian Centre for Child Protection is committed to helping parents, teachers and members of the public better understand the web. The website aims to help keep kids safe as they explore and enjoy the online world.
Cyber-Bullying: Always On? Always Aware (www.cyberbullying.ca)
Online Resources: British Columbia
Safe Online Outreach Society (safeonlineoutreach.com)
SafeOnline’s vision is to help current and future generations to be informed and responsible users of digital technology. This BC-based non-profit society offers teacher training and school presentations regarding the internet, cyber-bullying, and online safety.
Digital Tattoo (www.digitaltattoo.ubc.ca)
Developed by students with the support of the University of British Columbia, this website aims to raise awareness about how students can protect their digital identities, connect safely and effectively online and use the internet in their academic lives to inform the impact of their online activity on their careers.
Online Resources: United States
Digital Literacy and Citizenship Classroom Curriculum (www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/curriculum)
This non‐profit provides independent reviews of movies, games, apps and websites and also suggests those best for learning and most appropriate for various ages. The educational resources include K to 12 curricula, professional development, scope and sequences and strategies for engaging parents.
PBS: Digital Nation (www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/digitalnation/learning/schools/)
This documentary investigates the implications of living in a world consumed by technology and the impact that this constant connectivity may have on future generations.
Cyberbullying Research Center (www.cyberbullying.us)
This comprehensive website is based on the work of the American researcher, Dr. Sameer Hinduja and provides many printable “tip” pages to prevent and respond to bullying.
This website, hosted by the National Institute for Missing and Exploited Children, provides resources that enable children to learn about safety on and offline. Entertaining, educational videos, games, activities and presentations enable children to learn about potential internet risks and how to protect themselves from exploitation.
Teaching Digital Citizenship (teachingInCrtl.org)
Cable Impacts brings you InCtrl, a series of free standards-based lessons, originally developed by Cable in the Classroom, that teach key digital citizenship concepts. These lessons, for students in grades 4-8, are designed to engage students through inquiry-based activities, and collaborative and creative opportunities