Preparing students for the digital world
Posted on 10/22/2019
Student in front of white board: Digital Citizenship Week 2019

Safety and reputation are at stake with every online interaction, post or text. And the internet never forgets! The third week of October each year is recognized as Digital Citizenship Week and is dedicated to teaching good digital citizenship to students when using technology and online spaces.Flipgrid  prompt Dealing with Digital Drama Video

Teachers and instructional technology coaches (ITCs) across Prince William County Public Schools used this week to promote best practices for staying safe and being responsible online. A variety of lessons and activities focused on topics such as cyberbullying, copyright and netiquette.

Students at Bull Run Middle watched short video clips on the morning announcements each day discussing issues pertaining to teens and some of the challenges they may face online. “Dealing with Digital Drama” and “The Pressure to Stay Connected” were two of the topics addressed.

“After viewing these clips, the students are sharing their own thoughts on some of these issues, and how to deal with them,” shared Bull Run ITC Netia Elam. “They are using the app Flipgrid and have the rest of October to respond to the Digital Citizenship prompts they access from QR codes posted throughout the building.”

 Students using Flipgrid during Digital Citizenship WeekStudents using QR code to get to Flipgrid assignment


At Porter Traditional School, the focus of Digital Citizenship Week was to impress upon students the idea that their internet presence is like a digital tattoo. “Once you publish items to the outside world, it has the potential to be on the internet forever,” shared Porter's Kerianne Greer. “We used grade-appropriate activities with our students to help them understand the implications of their internet presence.”

Elementary students on tablets and computers

Upper-elementary students at Porter focused on their digital tattoo and the physical nature of how long it can last. They created posters using Adobe Spark and Canva to explain the concept to their classmates.

Middle Schoolers at Porter focused on the social media presence they have in the world and especially the influence they have over their peers. Lessons, delivered through the student engagement digital platform Nearpod, focused on helping students think critically about the online tattoos they are creating and how others might perceive what they post.

Middle School students working on computers and tablets.

For more about digital citizenship in PWCS, watch this WJLA-Channel 7 story featuring Daniel Nemerow, Instructional Technology Coach (ITC) at Patriot High School, and Billy Watts, ITC at Colgan High School.