Digital Citizenship

A globe on a desk

Empowering students, educators and families to use technology respectfully, responsibly and safely in order to communicate, collaborate, create and think critically.

Communication & Social Networking: Communicate respectfully and post only what you are comfortable with everyone seeing

Copyright & Intellectual Property: Do not steal or damage the property of others and give credit to the creator of digital information and images

Cyber-bullying: Treat others courteously and report deliberate online harassment

Digital Footprint and Identity: Protect personal information and respect the privacy of others

Information Literacy: Locate, evaluate credibility, and give proper credit to use information effectively

Internet Safety: Make positive connections and report inappropriate contact

Media Literacy:  The ability to identify different types of media and understand why the message was created and by whom, what techniques were used to grab attention, the presence of persuasive intent, and credibility.

Tips For Families

Teaching children to become good digital citizens:

Be actively involved and show interest in what your child is doing online.

Support their good choices and help them identify safe, credible web sites and other digital content.

Teach them to be good digital citizens by respecting personal information of family, friends and peers.

Think quality, not quantity, and strive for a balance of online and offline activities.

Be cautious about clicking on, downloading, posting and uploading content.

Know the protection features of the websites and software your children are using.

Review privacy settings available on social networking sites and cell phones.


Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)

ISTE: Digital Citizenship

PWCS Responsible Use Policy

VDOE Internet Safety website

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Common Sense Media

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

Student Resources

Information and Resources to help students learn to explore the digital world safely and responsibly.  

Grades K-5
Common Sense Media Digital Passport
NetSmartz Kids

Grades 6-8 
Common Sense Media: Digital Compass
     NetSmartz Tweens

Grades 9-12 
Common Sense Media Digital Bytes
NetSmartz Teens

Parent & Family Resources

Information and resources for families to support student growth as good digital citizens.

Common Sense Media for Parents
iKEEPSAFE Resources 
NetSmartz Parents
Stay Safe Online

Educator Resources

Information and resources to model and teach digital citizenship to students and families.

9 Resources for Teaching Digital Citizenship
Common Sense Education
Creative Commons
Edutopia: Digital Citizenship
iKEEPSAFE Educator Resources
NetSmartz Educators
Stay Safe Online