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Digital Citizenship

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What is Digital Citizenship?

  • "Digital Citizenship is a concept which helps teachers, technology leaders and parents to understand what students/children/technology users should know to use technology appropriately. Digital Citizenship is more than just a teaching tool; it is a way to prepare students/technology users for a society full of technology. Digital citizenship is the continuously developing norms of appropriate, responsible, and empowered technology use." -Mike Ribble, co-author of Digital Citizenship Handbook for School Leaders, ISTE, 2019. Ribble has identified Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship.
  • "Digital Citizenship is a holistic and positive approach to helping children 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." -Dr. Jason Ohler in Digital Community, Digital Citizen, Corwin Press, 2010. 
  • Helping a child become a good digital citizen cuts across all curricular disciplines and includes knowledge, awareness, and skills in three key areas:
    • Safety & Security: Understanding the risks that we face from others as well as from our own conduct, and the dangers posed by applications like viruses and phishing.
    • Digital Literacy: Learning how to find, sort, manage, evaluate and create information in digital forms. These literacy skills build on but are somewhat different from the traditional literacy of reading and writing.
    • Ethics & Community: Becoming aware of and practicing appropriate and ethical behaviors in a variety of digital environments. This area includes shaping your digital reputation and being a responsible citizen of the communities in which you participate, from social networks, to games, to community forums. 


Digital Citizenship in BCPS

In BCPS we recognize the importance of teaching our students to be safe, secure, and responsible when using technology for learning or for fun. We believe that with parents and guardians as our partners, we can help our students to gain skills, understandings, and dispositions that will enable them to be responsible and safe in these digital environments. Our approach to digital citizenship is outlined on the Growing Up Digital website.


Growing Up Digital: Digital Citizenship
Includes the K-12 Digital Citizenship Scope & Sequence of instruction and Family Tip Sheets

Screenshot of BCPS Growing Up Digital - Digital Citizenship webpage


BCPS Policies, Rules & Guidelines

Social Media Resources

Learning Standards

  • AASL Standards Framework for Learners - Competencies in Shared Foundation VI. ENGAGE: Demonstrate safe, legal, and ethical creating and sharing of knowledge products independently while engaging in a community of practice and an interconnected world.
  • ISTE Standards for Students - Standard 2: Digital Citizen - 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.

    • 2a. Students cultivate and manage their digital identity and reputation and are aware of the permanence of their actions in the digital world. 
    • 2b. Students engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices. 

    • 2c. Students demonstrate an understanding of and respect for the rights and obligations of using and sharing intellectual property.

    • 2d. Students manage their personal data to maintain digital privacy and security and are aware of data-collection technology used to track their navigation online.

  • P21 Skills Framework - Information, Media and Technology Skills:  Apply a fundamental understanding of the ethical/legal issues surrounding the access and use of information, media, and information technology. 


Teaching & Learning Resources


BCPS Digital Citizenship Curriculum:  

  • BCPS K-12 Digital Citizenship Scope & Sequence
    • Students in Grades K-5 receive digital citizenship instruction through weekly Library classes in Unit 1 during first quarter.
    • Students in Grade 6-12 receive ongoing digital citizenship instruction facilitated by their library media specialist, in collaboration with teachers and integrated across content areas. These lessons include Digital Citizenship Slam Dunk lessons for Middle School and High School.
    • Teachers and staff are encouraged to consult with the school library media specialist to coordinate their school's efforts to teach and reinforce digital citizenship concepts and skills in all classrooms. 


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Resources for Parents and Families


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