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Digital Citizenship - Appropriate Online Interactions

Digital Citizenship - Appropriate Online Interactions


This is a lesson that teaches students about cyberbullying and appropriate online interactions. It can be tailored to fit many different grade levels. It allows students to explore, discuss, and create a public service announcement about this topic.


This lesson addreses ISTE Student Standards for Digital Citizens standard 2b: Students engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices.This lesson will focus on teaching appropriate social interactions while online. It can be used in any content area and should take 1-2 class periods depending on the time available. This lesson could be used in synchronous online or face-to-face formats.

Step 1 - Goals and Outcomes

Learning goals:

  • Students will be able to identify positive and negative behaviors online.

Success Criteria:

  • Students will describe what behaviors are appropriate for online interactions.
  • Students will describe cyberbullying and its effects.

Step 2 - Planning Instruction

Student Background Knowledge

Prior to this lesson, students will need to have an understanding of what online interactions include.

Strategies for Diverse Learners

Before teaching this lesson, teachers should consider what access their current students have to online interactions. Teachers should tailor this information to the technology available, the age group of the students, and the variety of options they have for interacting online.

Step 3 - Instruction

Introduction: Students will watch this video that has an overview of cyberbullying and what they can do to stop it.

Discussion: As a class, ask and discuss the following questions

  1. What kinds of things are ok to post about other people online or to share through a device?
  2. What can you do if you are being cyberbullied?
  3. What can you do if you see others being cyberbullied?
  4. Are there other things that are inappropriate to share online?

Individual work time: Find 3 resources, these could be videos, articles, activities or other things that you find online that address cyberbullying and appropriate online sharing. Students will use this guide to help organize their references.

Group work time: Sort students into groups of 3-4. Have each student share their resources with the group, including the summary and why each was interesting. Groups will create a public service announcement in their desired format (video, poster, podcast, etc.) that informs others about cyberbullying and appropriate online behavior. Assign roles for each group member so each is accountable for their participation. Give students a copy of the rubric so they know what is expected.

Group presentations:  Each group will take 2-3 minutes to share their public service announcement with the class.

Closing discussion: End this lesson with a whole-class discussion asking students follow-up questions about the resources they found and the public service announcements. 


Step 4 - Assessments

Students will submit their completed resource list. 

Students will submit a copy of or link to their group project. Projects will be scores using the attached.