Digital Citizenship Overview

Lesson Plan • Digital Citizenship Course • 4th - 8th Grade

We live in a world that is digitally connected. The internet has truly transformed how we do things, and dramatically changed our lives… so as our children’s. Many children today use the internet on a regular basis, whether for surfing, watching or playing games.

And with a variety of platforms and content available on the Internet, children are often exposed to scams, cyber-bullying, and explicit content that can harm their development – both psychologically and emotionally.

Just as we teach our kids how to become good people and US citizens, we also need to guide them on how to behave and interact online.

To help you, we have developed an engaging and easy to implement digital literacy program that teaches children the basics of Internet safety while empowering you —the parent(s)—to participate in the course curriculum.

This program consists of a curriculum with 13 lessons accompanied by handouts, assessments, educational videos, and family tip sheets.

Each lesson is followed up with talking points to open the door to valuable conversations between you (parent) and your child (children).

The curriculum’s 13 lessons are comprised of 5 key digital citizenship domains:

Digital Footprint and Reputation Management

1. Your Digital Footprint
Your kids(s) will discover what a Digital Footprint is and why it’s important. Children live and make choices in the “now.” They are not considering the long-term effects of choices made on the Internet.

2. Consequences of Your Digital Footprint
Your kids(s) will meet Charlotte, a typical teenager who likes to share what she is doing on social media. Charlotte’s online activity will help students understand the positive and negative impact of digital footprints and their online reputation.

Cyberbullying Prevention

3. What’s Cyberbullying
Your kid(s) will learn what constitutes bullying and how cyberbullying is different from physical bullying.

4. How to Respond to Cyberbullying
Your kid(s) will learn how to successfully respond to mean, rude, or threatening online behavior.

Online Security

5. Strong Passwords
Your kid(s) will learn the importance of strong passwords and be introduced to common security issues caused by poor password management.

6. Phishing and Scams
Your kid(s) will learn about the most common online and email scams used to trick people into revealing their personal information, which leads to identity theft. Children and the elderly statistically make up the largest population group victimized by online fraud.

Privacy and Safe Online Relationships

7. Your Privacy Setting
Your kid(s) will discover how social media networking sites, like Instagram, privacy settings work, and some of the safety issues that come with a private or public account.

8. Safe Sharing
Your kid(s) will learn how sharing personal information with someone online is as dangerous as sharing it face-to-face.

9. The House Rule
Your kid(s) will be presented with a concept that will help them safeguard their online information from strangers.

10. See Something, Say Something
Your kid(s) will know what to do if they see a text or social media post that contains images or words indicating that someone wants to hurt themselves or others. The concept, “see something, say something” must be a cultural norm for everyone, especially students.

Screen Time Balance

11. Rate Your Screen Time
Your kid(s) will take a 15-question, yes or no survey, adapted from Dr. David Greenfield’s The Center for Internet and Technology Addiction, “Smartphone Compulsion Test.” It will give important insight into your student’s digital habits.

12. Effects of Screen Time
Your kid(s) will learn about the effects of excessive screen time on a person’s body and mind.

13. Your Healthy Digital Diet
Your kid(s) will be presented with healthy options to help balance screen time in their lives.

Equip your family with the latest digital citizenship program today!

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