Digesting Digital Citizenship Course

With more devices and blended learning, teaching Digital Citizenship in the classroom is part of our Character Education. You can get ‘certified’ in Digital Citizenship and earn one CEU credit by taking the below class being offered in CMS MyTalent.

Who: Instructional Technology

What:  Digesting Digital Citizenship

When & Where:  Check MyTalent for more details!

Why: CIPA, COPPA, FERPA, Oh My! Digital Citizenship is a concept which helps educators and parents to understand what student users should know to use technology appropriately. There are many elements of digital citizenship such as digital rights & responsibilities, digital Law and digital Etiquette.

These are the laws and policies that help to protect our students online:

Child Internet Protection Act: The school is required by CIPA to have technology measures and policies in place that protect students from harmful materials including those that are obscene and pornographic. Any harmful content contained from inappropriate sites will be blocked. Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act: COPPA applies to commercial companies and limits their ability to collect personal information from children under 13. By default, Google advertising is turned off for Apps for Education users. No personal student information is collected for commercial purposes. This permission form allows the school to act as an agent for parents in the collection of information within the school context. The school’s use of student information is solely for education purposes. Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act: FERPA protects the privacy of student education records and gives parents the right to review student records. Under FERPA, schools may disclose directory information (name, phone, address, grade level, etc…) but parents may request that the school not disclose this information.

  • The school will not publish confidential education records (grades, student ID #, etc) for public viewing on the Internet. The school may publish student work and photos for public viewing but will not publish student last names or other personally identifiable information.
  • Parents may request that photos, names and general directory information about their children not be published. Parents have the right at any time to investigate the contents of their child’s email or web tools.


T1280px-Carbon_footprint_representationhanks for coming to our Digital Citizenship course! We hope you found a lot of good resources that taught you how to be a good digital citizen and to help you teach your students about being good stewards of the web. As you learned, there are many elements of digital citizenship such as digital rights & responsibilities, digital Law and digital Etiquette. Below are resources for this course:




Presentation from 04/21/15

Google Folder with Sample Lessons

CMS Character Education Homepage

Real Life Stories: How the Internet Affects Students (High School)

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