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Tips for Encouraging Good Digital Citizenship in the Classroom

There are plenty of creative ways you can cultivate good online digital citizenship in students. Here are seven tips for encouraging good digital citizenship in the classroom:

  1. Remind students that it’s very hard to erase information on the internet, so they should be extra careful about what information and opinions they make public.
  2. Create a student etiquette guide for online behavior that teaches students how to “play nice” on the internet.
  3. Teach students about online “stranger danger” since it’s very easy for online users to pretend to be who they are not.
  4. Make sure students understand the difference between sharing and stealing online content. While it may feel like anything on the internet is up for grabs, copyright and intellectual property laws protect almost all online content.
  5. Use online forums or social media networks to facilitate student discussions so students have a safe space to practice good digital citizenship.
  6. Ensure your students know how to identify a “troll” — an online user whose goal is to provoke others or derail conversations — so they can avoid engaging with them.
  7. Encourage students to step away from phone and computer screens during family dinners and when hanging out with friends; offline relationships are just as important as online ones!

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Framework with nine key elements that help define how to best use technology in every school, home and community. They’re organized into three primary categories:


  1. Digital access: Advocating for equal digital rights and access is where digital citizenship starts
  2. Digital etiquette: Rules and policies aren’t enough — we need to teach everyone about appropriate conduct online
  3. Digital law: It’s critical that users understand it’s a crime to steal or damage another’s digital work, identity or property.



  1. Digital communication: With so many communication options available, users need to learn how to make appropriate decisions.
  2. Digital literacy: We need to teach students how to learn in a digital society
  3. Digital commerce: As users make more purchases online, they must understand how to be effective consumers in a digital economy



  1. Digital rights and responsibilities: We must inform people of their basic digital rights to privacy, freedom of speech, etc.
  2. Digital safety and security: Digital citizens need to know how to protect their information from outside forces that might cause harm
  3. Digital health and wellness: From physical issues, such as repetitive stress syndrome, to psychological issues, such as Internet addiction, users should understand the health risks of technology

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