What is Digital Citizenship?
"Being a digital citizen is all about taking ownership of our actions and using technology responsibly and respectfully." - Common Sense Media
According to this video, digital citizenship is the set of skills that kids need to be safe and responsible with technology. This includes:
🤔Thinking critically, and not trusting everything you see.
🤐Being safe with your information and who you connect with.
😊Acting responsibly in how you communicate and behave.
In Plano ISD, we want you to be an empowered digital citizen while feeling safe! Here are our favorite resources to support you in that. As always, you can reach out to the Digital Learning Team (DLT) to help plan lessons or staff training on digital citizenship.
Digital Citizenship Resources for Teachers, Parents, and Students
Expand the accordion sections below to discover digital citizenship strategies presented through various courses/lessons, videos, and other resources.
Courses & Lessons
- Nearpod Digital Citizenship Lessons - sign into Nearpod from Webdesk, open Teacher Resources and search "Digital Citizenship" to view the lessons. (Visit our Hotspot Nearpod page for help logging in).
- Be Internet Awesome - "Helping students be safe, confident explorers of the online world." Take the Be Internet Awesome Pledge!
- Digital Citizenship and Safety Course by Google for Education - for teachers and their students
- Common Sense Media's K-12 Dig Cit Curriculum
- Rethinking Digital Citizenship - Keynote by ISTE's CEO. Dig Cit is using technology to make your community better.
- Common Sense Media's Digital Citizenship YouTube playlists: Grade K-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12
Student discussion ideas
- You don't have to be a dig cit expert. Use images to get students talking: https://drkmattson.com/2018/02/26/you-dont-have-to-be-a-digcit-expert-use-images-to-get-students-talking/
- Journal topics
- Debate topics
- Launches for research and inquiry projects
Privacy & Online Safety (Common Sense Media)
- Cyberbullying, online safety tips, privacy settings, managing screen time, steps for keeping children safe from online predators
Family Norms & Tips
Student Dig Cit Resources
Be Internet Awesome by Google: "To make the most of the Internet, kids need to be prepared to make smart decisions. Be Internet Awesome teaches kids the fundamentals of digital citizenship and safety so they can explore the online world with confidence."
DigCitKids: "Digital Citizenship for kids by kids. We solve real problems in local, global, and digital communities."
Digital Passport: "Digital Passport by Common Sense Education is an award-winning suite of engaging games that address key issues facing kids in today's digital world."
How to avoid Phishing Email/Scam?
- You Get an Email That Looks Like it's From Someone You Know
Email seems to be from one of the teachers or a district official and asks that you click on a link. Should you click? Maybe it looks like it’s a job offer and asks for your personal information and bank account information. Should you reply? Maybe it asks for money. Should you send money? These may be phishing/scam attempts.
- How Phishing Works
You get an email or text - It seems to be from someone you know, and it asks you to click a link, or give your password, bank account, or other sensitive information.
It looks real - It’s easy to spoof logos and make up fake email addresses. Scammers use familiar names or pretend to be someone you know.
It's urgent - The message pressures you to act now — or something bad will happen or you may lose the opportunity.
What happens next - If you click on a link, scammers can install ransomware or other malware on your computer. If you share passwords, scammers now have access to all those accounts. If you send money, you may not be able to recover the money.
What You Can Do
Before you click on a link or share any of your sensitive business information or send the money or deposit the check:
- Check it out
Look up the website or phone number for the company or person behind the text or email. Speak to the company or the person to see if it is legit.
- Talk to someone
Talking to your campus administrators and parents might help you figure out if the request is real or a phishing attempt.
- Make a call if you're not sure
Pick up the phone and call that vendor, colleague, or client who sent the email. Confirm that they really need information from you. Use a number you know to be correct, not the number in the email or text.
What To Do If You Fall For a Phishing Scheme
- Limit the damage
If you provided your username and password, immediately change any compromised passwords. If you sent the money, immediately contact the bank to see if they can recover it.
- Report it
Forward phishing emails to email@example.com and notify the campus administrator
- Alert others
Talk to your colleagues and share your experience. Phishing attacks often happen to more than one person in a school.