Skip to main content

Digital Citizenship: Lessons & resources for middle school students (grades 6-8)

These are suggested resources for MMSD staff members to use with students when teaching about digital citizenship.

Digital Citizenship

 

 

Recommended resources:

Digital Access

Helping to provide and expand access to technology for all users should be a goal of all digital citizens.

 

 

To learn more about this topic, here are recommended resources:

Digital Communication

This is the electronic exchange of information. Communication options have exploded! How do we keep our communications helpful and appropriate?

Recommended Lesson:

  • 6th Grade: Safe Online Talk from CSE
    • I understand rules for safe online messaging and feel empowered to deal with uncomfortable situations when communicating online.
  • 7th Grade: Working Together Digitally from InCtrl
    • ​I understand how to manage and improve my communication skills when working collaboratively with others.
    • I can work collaborate digitally with my classmates in a productive way.
  • 8th Grade: The Reality of Digital Drama from CSE
    • Looking at how messages are conveyed, I can think critically about the gender stereotypes associated with drama and can compare underlying messages about drama on reality TV with “real world” digital drama among young teens.

For Grades 6 - 8, show this Flocabulary video on Oversharing online: guidelines for smarter posting.

To learn more about this topic, here are recommended resources:

Digital Etiquette

This refers to electronic standards of conduct or procedure. What is considered good manners or bad manners when using technology in different situations?

 

Recommended Lessons:

  • 6th Grade: Safe Online Talk from CSE
    • I understand rules for safe online messaging and feel empowered to deal with uncomfortable situations when communicating online.
  • 6th Grade: Scams and Schemes from CSE
    • I understand what identity theft is, why it is important to guard against it, and how to do so.
  • 7th Grade: Cyberbullying: Crossing the Line from CSE
    • I understand the various ways that students can be cyberbullied and can offer solutions.
  • 7th Grade: Trillion Dollar Footprint from CSE
    • I understand that my digital footprint can be helpful or harmful to my reputation and image and will use that information to consider my current digital footprint and what it will be like in the future.
  • 8th Grade: Which Me Should I Be? from CSE
    • ​I understand the ​benefits and risks of presenting my identity in different ways online.
  • 8th Grade: Cyberbullying: Be Upstanding from CSE
    • I can show empathy for those who have been cyberbullied and know what it means to be brave and stand up for others offline and online.

Digital Citizenship and You! video from Grom Social highlights the importance of creating a positive digital footprint and how to prevent and react to cyberbullying. Appropriate for grades 6 - 8.

Explore Digital Compass from CSE, an online gaming experience that allows students to tackle real-world scenarios and practice digital citizenship.

To learn more about this topic, here are recommended resources:

Digital Rights & Responsibilities

What freedoms should everyone in a digital world have? 

 

Recommended Lessons:

  • 6th grade: Rework, Reuse, Remix from CSE
    • I can identify the key points required for a creative work to fall under fair use.
  • 7th grade: A Creator's Responsibility from CSE
    • I understand that piracy and plagiarism are irresponsible and disrespectful behaviors that have ethical and legal implications.
  • 8th grade: What's Mine Isn't Necessarily Yours from InCtrl
    • • I can evaluate what is fair and legal usage of information or media, and what is not.
    • I can create and contribute to an original project demonstrating how to properly cite sources from a variety of media.

To learn more about this topic, here are recommended resources:

Digital Security

What precautions should be taken to keep people (and their private information) safe?

Recommended Lessons:

To learn more about this topic, here are recommended resources:

Digital Commerce

Our economy depends a lot on electronic transactions. A buyer or seller needs to be aware of issues associated with this.

 

Recommended Lessons: 

To learn more about this topic, here are recommended resources:

Digital Literacy

This is the process of teaching and learning about technology, and the use of technology. Which technologies make sense to use in certain situations? 

Recommended Lessons:

  • 6th Grade: Strategic Searching from CSE
    • I can master new strategies for effective and efficient online searches.
  • 7th GradeIdentifying High Quality Sites from CSE
    • ​I can use criteria that will help me to evaluate websites. 
    • •I will understand how the ease of publishing on the Internet might affect how much they can trust the content of some sites.
  • 8th Grade: A Creator's Responsibility from CSE
    • I will understand that piracy and plagiarism are irresponsible and disrespectful behaviors that have ethical and legal implications.

Additional Lessons:

To learn more about this topic, here are recommended resources:

Digital Law

This refers to taking responsibility for your actions while using technology. What are the rules we need to follow? What is ethical vs. unethical behavior when using technology?

 

Recommended Lessons:

To learn more about this topic, here are recommended resources:

Digital Health & Wellness

Our physical and psychological well-being can be affected by technology. 

 

Recommended Lessons (General):

  • 6th grade: My Media from CSE
    • ​I can formulate a viewpoint on the role that digital media plays in my life.
  • 7th gradeDigital Life 101 from CSE
    • •I will learn about the 24/7, social nature of digital media.
    • • I will understand the importance of acting responsibly when carrying out relationships over digital media.
  • Stand Up...Be in Ctrl from InCtrl​

Recommended Lessons (Cyberbullying):

To learn more about this topic, here are recommended resources:

Digital badges were created using Credly. https://credly.com/