Student Resources

Student Responsibilities

Students are expected to use their device in a responsible and ethical manner for educational purposes. While using the device, they should use credible sources to construct knowledge and give credit when appropriate. Students are expected to treat others with kindness when interacting online and remember to think before posting. Their use of technology should be balanced with activities that allow for in-person connections and learning.

The division monitors the use of the device and the PWCS network. Students should become familiar the PWCS documents that outline technology use, including the Responsible Use Policy, the Device Handbook, and the Code of Behavior. Violations could result in disciplinary action, loss of technology-use privileges and penalties under law.

The following are a list of PWCS resources that outline student responsibilities as related to technology use and digital citizenship.

Qualities of Digital Citizen

Constructs knowledge through critical and analytical use of technology

A good digital citizen can construct knowledge from various sources. They can locate, evaluate, and cite content (including text, image, audio, and video) from credible sources. As a critical thinker, consider how to minimize different biases that can influence their work and the work of others.

Points to Consider

  • Use technology to ask questions and find answers.
  • Ask yourself, “Does this make sense? Can I find the same information somewhere else?”
  • Look at a variety of sources, especially those with different perspectives, to develop a more balanced view of the content.
  • Use credible resources, like World Book Online, Discovery Education, and websites ending in .edu, .gov, .org
  • Need help? Ask your teacher, parent, or librarian to help you find the best information!

Uses digital tools to explore and exchange ideas safely and responsibly

Digital tools have revolutionized the way we learn and collaborate. It is important for students to understand how to evaluate these tools and use them safely and responsibly. As responsible creators, they value copyright laws. Interactions should be positive, provide reflective feedback, and support productive problem-solving.

Points to Consider:

  • When trying out new apps or websites, ask yourself, “Is this easy to use? Is it helping me learn? Can it tell me more about a topic, allow me to experiment virtually, verify my homework, or prepare for a test?”
  • If you use someone else’s words or pictures, share who they came from. It’s like saying “thank you” for their hard work.
  • Follow discussion rules set by your teacher or the site you’re using. Consider how you can add to the conversation.
  • Don’t give personal information like your home address, school name, and phone number to websites or others online.
  • Ask your parent permission before creating an account or logging into a new website.
  • Use your school device for learning and educational purposes. Use your personal device for playing games and communicating with friends.
  • Use your school device for learning and educational purposes only.

Employs ethics, empathy, and understanding in digital experiences

Understanding the impact of technology and online interactions is an important theme in teaching digital citizenship. Students must understand how their digital identity and reputation are cultivated in the digital world and how it can influence their future. It's crucial to provide opportunities for students to express kindness and empathy in their interactions and learn how to respond to negativity appropriately. Students can demonstrate social responsibility by ensuring information created and shared is true, meaningful, and respectful of others' work.

Points to Consider:

  • Be respectful online – treat others the same way you would treat them in person. Be a good digital friend.
  • Be kind and thoughtful – remember that what you post and share can affect other people. Try to understand different points of view and be respectful. Don’t respond when you are angry.
  • Think before you post – Once you post something online, it can be permanent. Make sure what you post is appropriate.
  • Remember that photos are part of your digital footprint – keep an eye on photos that friends tag you in. If any of them are embarrassing or inappropriate, ask your friend to remove the tag.
  • Check and adjust your privacy settings to make sure only trusted friends can see your posts.
  • If you are not sure about something or see something that makes you uncomfortable, talk to a trusted adult

Manages a healthy balance between online and real-world lives.

Technology shapes our experiences every day. According to Common Sense Media, having balance means students are using technology “in a way that feels healthy, purposeful, and proportional.” (Source) While establishing a healthy balance, it’s important to identify the benefit(s) to using the screen instead of offline options, like increasing accessibility or differentiation, while weighing the negative effects like distraction.

Points to Consider

  • Set specific time limits for using devices or playing video games
  • Focus on one task at a time
  • Put down your phone when interacting with others.
  • Remember to take breaks and enjoy outdoor activities
  • Use technology to create rather than consume

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Other Resources

Student Interactives


  • PBS Learning (6-12) – A collection of videos related to digital citizenship topics, including videos from their How2Internet series and Above the Noise collection.
  • Faux Paw the Techno Cat (K-5) – A collection of videos designed to promote the safe and healthy use of digital devices.
  • NetSmartz Kids – A collection of videos designed to teach students about digital safety