A digital citizen refers to a person who has the knowledge and skills to effectively use digital technologies to communicate with others, participate in society and create and consume digital content.
Digital citizenship is about confident and positive engagement with digital technologies. By educating students about digital citizenship, they will have the opportunity to develop an understanding about the following concepts:
An acceptance and upholding of the norms of appropriate, responsible behaviour with regard to the use of digital technologies. This involves using digital technologies effectively and not misusing them to disadvantage others. Digital citizenship includes appropriate online etiquette, literacy in how digital technologies work and how to use them, an understanding of ethics and related law, knowing how to stay safe online, and advice on related health and safety issues such as predators and the permanence of data.
Learn more about it
This extensive resource focuses on a range of social and technical protocols associated with the use of digital technologies. It includes links to downloadable classroom activities, videos, interactive learning modules and advice sheets.
DQ Curriculum focuses on developing Digital Citizenship in young children Find out about the foundational knowledge and skills children need to effectively, safely and responsibly use digital media and technologies – before they can contribute to the digital world as active content creators or technology developers.
This resource contains a discussion board, blogs, videos, articles and case studies on topical learning and computer education concepts and issues
This research project explored attitudes to ICT learning, perceptions of careers in ICT and suggestions about potential interventions by teachers and schools to increase engagement with this area.
How to teach it
In this lesson sequence students investigate features of a good blog, focusing on such things as the concept, purpose, audience and critical features.
These online safety resources for primary schools are supported by lesson plans and multimedia resources.
This website offers a free course on digital citizenship. Note: The site also offers secondary resources.
This lesson helps students to learn the difference between private and personal information, distinguishing between what is safe and unsafe to share online.
The internet is a powerful, but sometimes dangerous place. Introduce to students how to stay safe while navigating the internet.
Introduce to students the idea that putting information about themselves online creates a digital footprint or 'trail' that has consequences.
Dive deeper into the basics of composing webpages, designing for accessibility, sharing resources, using online media, and working open.
Students engage in a photo rip up activity to emphasize the permanency of online information, they explore factor trees, doubling and line graphs through the lens of sharing information, and they collaboratively develop a set of protocols around sharing information online.
For the classroom
Zippep and his circus friends reinforce the concept of computer security, through a series of games aimed at students from Foundation to Year 2.
What other schools are doing
Create and organise ideas and information using information systems independently and with others, and share these with known people in safe online environments (ACTDIP006)
Plan, create and communicate ideas and information, including collaboratively online, applying agreed ethical, social and technical protocols (ACTDIP022)
Plan and manage projects that create and communicate ideas and information collaboratively online, taking safety and social contexts into account (ACTDIP032)
Create interactive solutions for sharing ideas and information online, taking into account safety, social contexts and legal responsibilities (ACTDIP043)