Digital Citizenship Overview

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

According to the National Center for Education Statistic (NCES), in 2019, 95% of 3 to 18-year-olds had home internet access. Specifically, 88% had access through a computer and 6 percent used a smartphone.

As educators, how do you equip your students with the knowledge of digital literacy when they are at home? How do you help them protect themselves from online predators and teach them how to become good digital citizens?

We, at Go Learn Together, have developed an easy-to-implement program aimed at equipping schools & educators with the tools and resources to teach digital citizenship effectively in the classroom.

There are 13 lessons in the 4th – 8th grade curriculum, with supporting materials such as student handouts, assessments, educational videos, and professional development resources.

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

Digital Footprint and Reputation Management

1. Your Digital Footprint
Your student(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 student(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 student(s) will learn what constitutes bullying and how cyberbullying is different from physical bullying.

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

Online Security

5. Strong Passwords
Your student(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 student(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 student(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 student(s) will learn how sharing personal information with someone online is as dangerous as sharing it face-to-face.

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

10. See Something, Say Something
Your student(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 student(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 student(s) will learn about the effects of excessive screen time on a person’s body and mind.

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

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