Digital Citizenship: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Jennifer Lowery

Jennifer has taught elementary levels K-3 and has master's degrees in elementary education and curriculum/instruction and educational leadership.

Technology is everywhere, and because of that we live in a digital society. In this lesson, learn what digital citizenship means, how technology can connect you with other people, and ways that you can use technology responsibly.

What Is Digital Citizenship?

You probably have heard that it is important to be a good citizen. So what would it meant to be a good digital citizen? Let's look at these words more closely. The word digital refers to any type of technology that you use. Quick! Look around your room and count the digital items you have. It's probably quite a few, right?

If you are a citizen, this means you belong to a group of people. So you could be a citizen of your classroom or your neighborhood. Being a digital citizen means you are a part of the group of people that use technology to communicate. There are rules that you need to follow when you are a digital citizen, to protect yourself and to protect others. Let's find out how you can be a good digital citizen.

These students are digital citizens when they use computers at school.
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Access to the World

One of the very cool things about technology is that it can connect you with people all over the globe! You can be sitting in your living room and talking to someone in a completely different country. With tablets and laptops, you have a big world of people and information at your fingertips. While this is a great benefit of technology, it is important to follow rules of digital citizenship to stay safe.

Technology can connect people all over the world.
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One of the best ways you can be a good digital citizen is to talk to your family about what you are allowed to do with your technology and what is off limits. They can keep you protected by limiting where you go and who you talk to when you are online. Then once you know the rules, make sure you follow them!

Sharing Information

Are you a fan of social media? You know, the websites where you can be friends with others and share your pictures, ideas, and information? These sites are very popular, and they're a great way to stay connected to others when you can't hang out with them in person. If you use social media, check the settings of the website you're using and make sure that your information stays private, or only viewable by friends and family that you trust.

Only share information and pictures with people that you know.
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