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Digital Citizen

Digital Citizen


This lesson teaches students about Digital Citizenship. It covers standard 2A from the ISTE Standards for students and Strand 2 standard 6 and 8 from the DIgital Literacy Sandards and Strands.

Managing digital identity and reputation

Students can cultivate and manage their digital identity and reputation and are aware of the permanence of their actions in the digital world. This lesson reminds and informs students what they need to do as digital citizens to have and keep a good digital identity.

  • 4 class period
  • individual students 


Background for Teachers

For this lesson, watch the following videos before presenting them to the class:

Think Before You Post

Digital Footprint


As you watch each video, you will want to make note of places to stop the video and have class discussions, ask questions, etc.

Print or have an electonic version of the Digital Citizen Questions available for students to fill out as a bell ringer as the class starts. The questions should give students an opportunity to tell what they know.

Visit with your building supervisor-have them come to the class and speak to the students


Student Prior Knowledge

Prior to this lesson, students will need to have an understanding of what a digital citizen is. They will need some basic vocabulary about digital citizenship and digital footprint. 

Student Learning Intentions & Success Criteria

Standards and Strands 

The students will be able to curate and and manage their digital identity and reputation and are aware of the permanance of their actions in the digital world. 

The student can recognize the rights, responsibilities, and opportunities of living, learning, and working in an interconnected digital world, and they act and model in ways that are safe, legal, and ethical (ISTE 2).

Standard 6: Understand and demonstrate ethics in a digital world.

  1. a)  Define intellectual property as it applies to the digital world.

  2. b)  Identify various copyright violation acts and their preventative measures.

  3. c)  Identify various legal concerns associated with information exchange.

Standard 8: Understand the impacts of a digital footprint.

  1. a)  Define digital footprint.

  2. b)  Understand the legal impact of digital footprints.

  3. c)  Understand the current and future ramifications of digital footprints.

Success Criteria

Students will be able to show their knowledge and understanding by:

Demonstrating the standards in the assignment, discussion and Slide they will create in this lesson

Instructional Procedures

1-Have students fill out Ditigal Citizenship Questions assignment

2-Show each video listed in Section 2 and stop at talking/discussion points 

3-Give personal examples of how and why

4-Have students begin work on the Google Slide Deck for their class

5-Have admin/building supervisor speak to class

6-Students complete Slide

7-Students participate in the class discussion

8-Students complete lesson by writing a reflection/summary about what they learned and how they can incorporate those new skills in their daily digital citizenship


Strategies for Diverse Learners

Because of the flexibility of the assignments and activities for this lesson, they can be easily adapted for all types of learners.

Assessment Plan

Assessment Plan for this lesson:

Read answers from Digital Citizenship Questions to chcek for prior knowledge

Evaluate slides 

Read class discussions and check for incorrect information

Use reflection to sum up student knowledge