College and Career Awareness, Information Technology Education, Technology and Engineering Education, Educational Technology
Material Type:
Middle School
  • Digital Citizenship
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  • Online
  • Rules
  • Social Media
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    Digital Citizenship

    Digital Citizenship


    This lesson is to help students understand the importance of being a good digital citizen. There are resources attached for students to look through to help them with their assignment. 

    We must all learn to be good digitial citizens. It is important in the digital age we live in, that students are explicitly instructed on what that looks like. 




    Introducing students to what good digital citizenship looks like.

    In this lesson, students are introduced to digital citizenship and how it affects them. We discuss appropriate social media use and how to be responsible, safe and positive. We brainstorm ideas and then compile the info into our final project for this lesson. We create our own rules for being safe, responsible and appropriate online and share those in poster form. 

    • This lesson could potentially take 2-3 days depending on discussion lengths and how many videos you chose to use.
    • Format: This lesson is best done face-to-face, but can be used in a blended or online environment. 
    • There is a significant amount of information on this topic on if you are looking for even more information and resources. 


    Background for Teachers

    Information you need before your start this lesson include the following: 

    Collection of Resources

    Step 1 - Goals and Outcomes

    Step 1 Goals and Outcomes



    • 2B: Students engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices.

    Learning Intentions:

    • The students will understand our personal responsibility when online.
    • The students will understand how to be safe and use appropriate social interactions online.

    Success Criteria:

    • Students will create their own rules for being a good digital citizen. (Demonstrated in project form.)


    Step 2 - Planning Instruction

    Step 2 Planning Instruction

    Student Background Knowledge

    • Prior to this lesson, students will need to have an understanding of social media use and online activities. 
    • What is social media?
      • How is it used?
    • What is digital citizenship?
    • What is our responsibility?
      • On social media?
      • Online, in general?

    Step 3 - Instruction

    Step 3 InstructionQuestion: What is digital Citizenship?

    - Class discussion on what students think digital citizenship is.

    • Show any or all of the “for students” videos located below. These are videos of teens discussing certain topics about online use such as Oversharing, Friendships, Personal and Private Information, Rings of Responsibility, The Pressure to Stay Connected, Friends and Boundaries.
      • After each video used, stop to discuss what the students took away from the video.
        • Can they relate? How?
        • Are the students in the video right or wrong? Why?
        • Do they feel the same way?
        • What are the similarities and differences they see?
    • Whole class brainstorm session on what are some rules that might help us. (You can use a regular white board or a Nearpod collaboration board to share ideas.)
    • Expectations and criteria for the assignment.
      • Brainstorm bubble map filled out.
      • Re-watch any movies you need to.
      • Create a poster, with a minimum of 5 rules for being a safe, responsible and appropriate online digital citizens.

    FOR STUDENTS videos: 

    Step 4 - Assessments

    Step 4 Assessments

    Assessment for this lesson will include the following:

    • Questioning - Whole class discussions. 
    • Student self-reflection - Creating their own rules for being online. 
    • Presentations - Poster
    • Observations - Teacher observation throughout the entirety of the lesson. 


    Students will do the following as part of their final project: 

    • Re-watch any videos needed.
    • Brainstorm, using a bubble map, ways to be a good digital citizen.
    • Create a poster, with a minimum of 5 ways to be safe, responsible and appropriate online digital citizens.