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Elementary Technology: Digital Citizenship

What is a digital citizen?

ISTE Standard 5. Digital Citizenship

Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior.
a. Advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology
b. Exhibit a positive attitude toward using technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity
c. Demonstrate personal responsibility for lifelong learning
d. Exhibit leadership for digital citizenship

Responsible, Respectful, and Ethical

How are we responsible with technology?

  • We protect our own and others' privacy
  • We are cautious with our digital footprint
  • We think before we send or post
  • We use technology in positive way-- 
    • to learn and explore
    • to collaborate and communicate
    • to create content

How are we respectful with technology?

  • We ensure that our online communication is kind.
  • We stand up against cyberbullying.
  • We contribute positive content

How are we ethical with technology?

  • We use technology appropriately
  • We respect copyright
  • We provide creative credit
  • We do not plagiarize others' work

Digital Footprint

You are also responsible for protecting the digital footprint of your peers. 

  1. Don't post photos or videos without their clear permission. 
  2. Don't tag them in anything without their clear permission. 
  3. Don't post anything potentially harmful or embarrassing using their name or image

In the digital world, just as the real, treat others better than you would like to be treated yourself. T.H.I.N.K. before your post (source):


Protecting Your Privacy

How Do We Stay Safe Online?

  • Never share private information (birthdays, address, phone number)
  • Always use privacy settings (social media, gaming, etc)
  • Be careful about the photos we post of ourselves and others 
  • Turn off location services. These can tell people where you are!
  • Don't spend too much time online. Connect with people around you!

Digital Citizens

Online Reputation Checklist

Useful infographic from Chlidnet: Five things you can do to create a positive online reputation.

What is copyright?

What is creative credit?

You should always give CREDIT when using the creative work of others, whether it's a photo, image, video, quote, or a source of information.  What should you include when you give credit? If possible, include all of the following when providing credit:

  1. Title or name of the work
  2. The author/creator of the work
  3. A link to the original work

Photo Credit examples: 

Photo Credit: Lord Skully via Compfight cc

What is fair use?

FAIR USE allows you to use part of someone's work without having to get permission or purchasing it. This is allowed if you are using the work for educational purposes. You should be creating something new rather than just copying it. You should also give credit to the person who created the work.

Learn More

Would you like to learn more about copyright, fair use, and creative credit? Check out these great resources!

Video:  Copyright and Plagiarism for Kids

Video:  Copyrights and Wrongs

Website: Copyright Kids

Website: Cyberbee 

Digital Citizenship Curriculum

DAIS Elementary School uses the Common Sense award-winning Digital Citizenship Curriculum to teach students the skills they need to succeed as digital learners. Common Sense is America's leading nonprofit organization dedicated to providing trustworthy information and education to succeed in the 21st century.