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Digital Citizenship: Lessons & resources for high school students (grades 9-12)

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

9 Elements of Digital Citizenship

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Each element is defined with sample lessons in the boxes below. Here are some websites that have collections of articles, lessons, and units on digital citizenship (the one-stop shops!):

Common Sense Education - includes units on digital citizenship, K-12.

Edutopia Digital Citizenship Week - Includes articles from Edutopia and links to digital citizenship units

iKeepSafe Digital Citizenship Curriculum - a non-profit alliance with a series of curriculum surrounding digital citizenship for high school students.

NetSmartz Teens - Contains videos, games, comics, and quizzes

NetSmartz Educator Resources - Search by age level and topic within digital citizenship to find resources.

Digital Access Lessons

Digital Access refers to helping to provide and expand access to technology for all users, which should be a goal of all digital citizens.

Digital Communication Lessons

Digital communication is the electronic exchange of information. Communication options are varied.

Questions to consider:

  • How do we keep our communications with others helpful and appropriate?


Recommended lessons:

Working together digitally  

Digital Life 102

Oops! I Broadcast it on the Internet


Digital Etiquette Lessons

Digital etiquette refer to standards of conduct or procedures to follow when using electronic resources/tools. Ethics play a part in this.

Questions to consider:

  • What is considered good manners or bad manners when using technology in different situations?


Recommended lessons:

Who Are You Online?

Retouching Reality


Recommended Resources:

Posters on Cell Phone Etiquette for Teens

101 Email Etiquette Tips

How to Write an Email to a Teacher PPT

Digital Rights & Responsibilities

Digital rights are a basic set of rights that should be extended to every digital citizen. You need to know your rights, but also understand your responsibility to be fair and productive as a member of a team.

Questions to consider:

  • What freedoms should everyone in a digital world have?


Recommended lessons:

Taking Perspectives on Cyberbullying

You Can't Take It Back

Turn Down the Dial on Cyberbullying and Online Cruelty

Recommended Resources:

Videos from Bystander Revolution

Delete Digital Dating Abuse (from

Digital Security

Digital security is a major concern. As responsible digital citizen we need to respect others people's privacy and safety, but also protect ourselves from those who may cause us harm.

Questions to consider:

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


Recommended lessons:

What's the Big Deal About Internet Privacy?

Private Today, Public Tomorrow

6 Degrees of Information

Recommended Resources:

Google Safety Center

Choose Digital Privacy from the ALA

Digital Commerce Lessons

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


Recommended lessons:

Does It Matter Who Has Your Data?

Digital Literacy Lessons

Digital literacy is the process of teaching and learning about technology and how to use it. Digital literacy has become more and more important as electronic devices and resources have expanded at a rapid pace.

Questions to consider:

Which technologies make sense to use in certain situations?

How can we discern credible websites from ones that are misleading or fake?

Recommended lessons:

CRAAP Test Rumble

Fake News and the 2016 Election

Digital Law Lessons

Digital law teaches us that we have responsibility for our online action and deeds. 

Questions to consider:

  • What are the rules/laws we need to follow?
  • What are the possible consequences for breaking certain rules/laws?
  • What is ethical vs. unethical behavior when using technology?


Recommended lessons:

Copyrights and Wrongs

My Online Code

Rights, Remixes and Respect

Recommended Resources:

Creative Commons Image Search

MMSD Copyright and Fair Use LibGuide


Digital Health & Wellness

Digital health & wellness refers to our physical and psychological well-being and how that is affected by technology.

Questions to consider:

  • Is there such a thing as too much "screen time"?
  • How can technology influence our health?


Recommended lessons:

Feeling on Display