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Digital citizenship basics

  • Digital citizenship and internet safety are important aspects to be considered in today's digital and inter-connected online world. Ideas such as privacy and security online, digital footprint, media literacy, cyberbullying, and media balance are all important to consider.

  • With students working online now more than ever in distance learning, digital citizenship is even more valuable to be discussed in the classroom and at home.

  • The anchor standard for digital citizenship states: Students recognize the rights, responsibilities and opportunities of living, learning and working in an interconnected digital world, and they act and model in ways that are safe, legal and ethical.

Be Internet awesome

Be Internet Awesome is Google's digital citizenship and internet safety program. It includes a full curriculum as well as online games that accompany the program called Interland. Be Internet Awesome has a full site for families that can be accessed by clicking on the following link: Be Internet Awesome Families. The family page includes specific activities that families can do at home and resources for internet safety and tools for the home.

This video walks through the Be Internet Awesome website, resources, and the Interland games.

This video shares what Be Internet Awesome is all about and why it is important.

This video introduces Interland and the Internauts as well as the games students can play in Be Internet Awesome.


Click on the link above to access the Be Internet Awesome Family Guide. The Family Guide is a digital citizenship and internet safety program that families can do together.

Google_BeInternetAwesome_DigitalCitiizenshipSafety_Tips_EN (1).pdf

Click on the link above to access the Be Internet Awesome Safety Tips. These Safety Tips correspond to the tenets of Be Internet Awesome's program: Smart, Alert, Strong, Kind, and Brave.


Click on the link above to access Google's Digital Well Being Family Guide. This guide helps families navigate conversations around building healthy and productive digital and screen time habits.

Common sense media

Common Sense Media is an organization that provides reviews and articles for parents and families on a variety of digital topics. They review movies, TV shows, games and apps for parents and share articles on digital citizenship and issues like screen time and digital well being. Common Sense Media also has an extensive K-12 digital citizenship curriculum that we use in our district. They have also created Wide Open School a great resource for distance learning.

Screenshot of Common Sense Media Parent homepage

Click on the link above to access Common Sense Media's website for parents. There are many great resources within the Common Sense Media parent site including a Back to School Guide.

Wide Open School tiles

Click on the link above to access Wide Open School's Family & Teacher Center with resources for distance learning and a special guide for families.

Wide Open School activity tiles

Click on the link above to access the main section of Wide Open School for students. The student activities section is split up by grade levels across the top and then grouped by subjects.