Chapter 7: Digital Citizenship in Context

Chapter Overview

In this Chapter, I share examples of teachers who are empowering their students to use social media in the context of the classroom and offer some ideas and questions to ensure that you are not just focusing on safe and ethical use of technology but moving beyond that to digital leadership.

In the Chapter

Sylvia Duckworth visualized Mike Ribble’s 9 Elements of Digital Citizenship in this sketchnote.

Google Classroom For Fun: Master Copy created by Julie Millan.

Responsible Use Image and Collaborative Google Slide

Modifiable THINK poster can be found here.

Digital Citizenship Education in Saskatchewan Schools created by Alec Couros and Katia Hildebrandt in collaboration with a larger working group, is perhaps my favourite resource.  It aligns with my thinking about situating learning of using social media in context and is a comprehensive, thoughtful and thorough approach, framed around Mike Ribble’s 9 Elements of Digital Citizenship The K-12 continuum in this resource is organized using Essential Questions and what students need to Know Understand and be able to Do.

Ribble’s 9 Elements Teacher Guide

A class social media account is a great way to teach digital leadership in context. I’ve created some guiding questions & considerations. Google Drawings copy. Google Doc planning worksheet.

Beyond the Chapter

Be Internet Awesome was launched by Google after the book went to publication. Check it out here and check out my post reflecting on it here.

ISTE has really moved towards some of the ideas presented in Social LEADia. This infographic, Citizenship in the Digital Age is a good one!

Think, Respect, and Thrive Online by ETFO has detailed lessons and ideas for K-8.

Global Digital Citizen What I really like about this resource, curated by Lee Watanabe Crockett and Andrew Churches, is the fact that it truly considers the whole person; on and offline. It focuses on five tenets: Personal Responsibility, Global Citizenship, Digital Citizenship, Altruistic Service, Environmental Stewardship

They offer a free, downloadable kit which  includes a variety of really good strategies to look at students rights and responsibilities more positively.  There is also a “Fluency Snapshot” checklist which provides an excellent springboard for showing kids what they “should” do rather than what they “can’t” do.


The OSAPAC Digital Citizenship resource is an excellent and comprehensive resource created for Ontario teachers and leaders by Ontario teachers and leaders which is useful to any educator anywhere in the world.  Our District used it as one of the key resources for its Digital Discipleship framework.  The resource is grounded in research and has practical and positive lesson plans.  It is divided up into both elementary and secondary around the following themes: Critical Thinking, Creation and Credit, Communication, and Health and Protection.  It is one of my go-to resources they are all free to access and I can go there at any given time to grab a resource that will provide the kind of support I need to complement what is going on in the classroom.

Common Sense Media

Common Sense media offers a continuum of skills offered by topic beginning from kindergarten to grade 12. Lessons are available as PDF downloads, as well as Nearpod lessons, and iBooks (for purchase) for an agnostic experience for students. They are organized in the following way: Self Image & Identity, Relationships & Communication, Digital Footprint & Reputation, Cyberbullying & Digital Drama, Information Literacy, Internet Safety, Privacy & Security, and Creative Credit & Copyright.


Media Smarts is a resource for digital and media literacy and is grounded on ongoing national research on Canadian children and teens and their experiences with networked technologies.  The resources are relevant to any educator.  They use the following framework: Ethics and Empathy, Consumer Awareness, Privacy and Security, Finding and Verifying, Community Engagement, Making and Remixing,


IKeepSafe is a non-profit organization which adopts a global citizen approach. ” It contends that modern technologies like telephones, television, and most of all, the Internet, allow for a global society where individuals can access information from around the world—in real time—despite being thousands of miles from the source of the content This is how they organize their topics: Balance, Ethics, Privacy, Reputation, Relationships, Online Security

8 Digital life skills all children need – and a plan for teaching them by World Economic Forum

Seven Strategies to get students talking about Digital Citizenship by Jason Ohler.

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