Digital Citizenship in Schools - More Than Web Filters?

The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”― Alvin Toffler
Digital Literacy is the ability to use information and communication technologies to find, evaluate, create, and communicate information, requiring both cognitive and technical skills. (Source)
Digital Citizenship is the norms of appropriate, responsible technology use. (Source)
Too often schools and educators do little more than hide behind a web filter and leave the digital citizenship to the students. Web filters have their place, but in a digital world, I believe schools and teachers have some responsibility to support students as digital citizens. 

We will be updating our Digital Citizenship Resources here as new resources are discovered. Here are a few of our favorite resources for teachers, parents, students, and schools to support digital citizenship and digital literacy. 
Click here to visit Wicked EdTech for even more resources.
Can you share any additional resources or activities? 

1 comment:

  1. For young teeners I've written an adventure story to learn more about these online issues in an engaging way. Team Savv-i The 10 Secrets of Cyberspace is available just about everywhere (as ebook or in print).

    Upon release the book was well received.

    ‘This isn't another tome about heady concepts involved in digital ethics. Instead, Casper has created a rollicking read about digital citizenship, told as an adventure that should connect with Tweens everywhere. It provides a valuable, and fun, teaching tool.’

    Professor Emeritus Jason Ohler, author of Digital Community, Digital Citizen and The Big Ideas newsletter and co-founder of the Digital Citizenship Institute.

    ‘Team Savv-i takes the reader on an adventure to discover the topics and issues of technology today. Following the path of nine elemental areas of living in a digital society the reader learns some important lessons of interacting with these devices. This book helps to focus on the important needs of technology users today and into the future.’

    Dr. Mike Ribble, Ed.D. author of Digital Citizenship in Schools and co-founder of the Digital Citizenship Institute, USA.

    ‘Team Savv-i is an action packed adventure and the twins at the center of all the action
    have to figure out how to solve the mystery. If you are looking for a book that will teach
    kids about making good decisions and being problem solvers online, this book is the
    one for you. They will also learn tips on being a good digital citizen.

    The author, Casper Pieters, uses each chapter to explore ideas about digital identity.
    So, as kids are reading, they are learning an entire language for the internet and digital
    citizenship. Some of the topics are super complicated, but Pieters writes in a way that
    gets kids curious to know more.

    What’s most interesting for me as a reader of this book is the kids are the heart of all the
    solutions. This book will keep your kids hooked and help them understand their digital

    Two thumbs up for Team Savv-i!’

    Liv Van Ledtje, 10 year old, USA @thelivbits

    'Team Savv-I' comes at an interesting juncture in human history, as millennials take the rein of our future, using cyber technology to shape it. Its a great read for people of all ages, as it takes an edufictional approach to our present times. I think it should be a part of every school curriculum across the globe.’

    Amitabh Kumar, founder SocialSurfing, Digital Activist at Centre For Social Research. India.

    ‘When I read the first words of The 10 Secrets of Cyberspace, I was clueless of what to expect. I can candidly say that it was a fascinating read, creative and such an adventure. Electronic technology is a rapidly evolving thing, even I know it, and this story has informed me of both the risks and advantages of it in a witty manner. All tech savvy kids will love it.’

    Beatrice van Rest, 14 year old, Australia.

    ‘Team Savv-i takes the 9 elements of digital citizenship and brings the reader on an action packed adventure full of mystery and suspense. The characters don’t just talk about digital citizenship, they do it! As a mother and son digital citizenship team, we agree that Team Savv-i reminds us all that we learn best by doing things together. The ultimate goal is to empower our students to be the same person both on and offline and this is the Team Savv-i message.’

    Marialice B.F.X. Curran, Ph.D., Founder of the Digital Citizenship Institute and Cofounder of the Digital Citizenship Summit and Curran Dee, Chief Kid Officer (CKO), DigCitKids.


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