Digital Citizenship Week: October 21-25, 2013
Part of Connected Educator Month, Digital Citizenship Week features educators, schools, afterschool groups, companies, and non-profit organizations hosting webinars, chats, hangouts and other online events all aimed at building awareness of digitial citizenship as a set of defined, teachable skills, showcasing the resources available for teaching it and engaging parents, educators, students and lawmakers across the country as key stakeholders in making sure kids navigate the online world safely and responsibly.
What is Digital Citizenship?
Digital citizenship education empowers students to make thoughtful decisions and develop a sound digital foundation for the rest of their lives. It’s a holistic and positive approach to helping students learn how to be safe and secure, as well as smart and effective participants in a digital world. That means helping them understand their rights and responsibilities, recognize the benefits and risks, and realize the personal and ethical implications of their actions. Helping a student become a good digital citizen cuts across all curricular disciplines.
Be a Part of Digital Citizenship Week
Host your own online event
Post details about your webinar or event on the Connected Educator Month event calendar. To make it easy to find, type in “Digital Citizenship Week” in the Additional Tags box on the Add an Event Form.
Host Digital Citizenship Week activities at your school
Check out Common Sense Media’s toolkit for lesson plans differentiated by grade, school-based activities, and materials to engage and educate parents and caregivers.
Participate in Digital Citizenship Week events
Find all the events and activities during Digital Citizenship Week on the Connected Educator Month event calendar by searching for keyword “Digital Citizenship Week”.
Promote Digital Citizenship Week
Use the Digital Citizenship Week logo on your website and promotional materials.
Use this common language in promoting your event:
- "Digital Citizenship Week, as part of Connected Educator Month, …"
- "This [webinar/event/activity] is produced as part of Digital Citizenship Week and Connected Educator Month."
- "Presented by [insert name] as part of Digital Citizenship Week and Connected Educator Month."
Cross promote all activities during Digital Citizenship Week via social media, newsletters or on your website.
Sample Tweets – use #DigCitWk:
- #DigitalCitizenship Week is Oct 21-25! Here's how you can participate: http://ow.ly/oXBev #CE13 #DigCitWk
- Curious about #DigitalCitizenship & how to teach it to students? Learn more during #DigCitWk: http://ow.ly/oXBev #CE13
- Empower students to be smart in a digital world. Teach #DigitalCitizenship! Find out more: http://ow.ly/oXBev #CE13 #DigCitWk
Sample Facebook Posts:
- Digital Citizenship Week, as part of Connected Educator Month, is Oct 21-25! Learn about digital citizenship and the resources available to teach it to students. For more information on how you can participate, visit www.ciconline.org/DigitalCitizenshipWeek.
- Looking to integrate digital citizenship into your curriculum? Find resources & teaching tips during Digital Citizenship Week and Connected Educator Month at www.ciconline.org/DigitalCitizenshipWeek.
Sample Newsletter or Website Copy:
95% of teens use the Internet. It's up to us to teach them how to use this technology responsibly. Digital citizenship education helps students be smart, safe & effective participants in a digital world. Find resources & teaching tips during Digital Citizenship Week and Connected Educator Month at www.ciconline.org/DigitalCitizenshipWeek.
More information about Digital Citizenship
Use these links to learn more about digital citizenship or how to teach it to students:
- Teacher training from 21things4teachers
- Alberta Province Digital Citizenship Policy Development Guide
- Articles about Digital Citizenship, curated by Judy O'Connell
- New South Wales Digital Citizenship Program
- Net Family News, blog for parents by Anne Collier
- Digiteen Project Network
- Digital Passport from Common Sense Media
- K-12 Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum from Common Sense Media
- InCtrl, a series of free, standards-based lessons for students in grades 4-8 from Cable in the Classroom
- Digital Citizenship in Schools, 2nd Edition by Mike Ribble – buy it from ISTE or Amazon
- Raising a Digital Child by Mike Ribble – buy it from ISTE or Amazon
- Digital Driver’s License, a University of Kentucky program
- Safer Internet Day on February 11, 2014 from Insafe
- Digital Learning Day on February 5, 2014 from the Alliance for Excellent Education
- Information from Greenwich Public Schools on setting up a digital citizenship program
Know a great resource not listed here? Share it in the comment section below.