If you’ve watched the
Cyberwise Guide to Digital Citizenship
video, then you already know that “
digitalcitizenship” prepares everyone to use digital media safely,conﬁdently and wisely.
It is the essential ﬁrst step to“media literacy.” Fortunately there are loads of free, onlineresources available to help teachers, parents, and other grownupsincorporate “digital citizenship” lessons into their classroom, after-schoolprogram, parent group, or home.Because ﬁnding and ﬁguring out these resources takes time (and who’sgot that?) we’ve done it for you!
Where to Start?
You can’t go wrong starting with any of the many free, ready-to-usematerials available online. Here are some of our favorites:
We’ve used this curriculum in the classroom ourselves (read about it inour
What is Digital Citizenship?
The Common Sense Media curriculum is based on the ﬁve ethical issuesidentiﬁed by Dr. Howard Gardner and his team at the Harvard School of Education GoodPlay project (read about it on page 6).
1. Common Sense Media:
The best media and technology teaching resources, we think, come from
Common Sense Media.
While their website is most commonly known forits reviews and advice on movies, television, games, videos, apps, websitesand more (an indispensable resource for parents), they also offer a turn-key
Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum
.Lesson activities range fromlow-tech options, such as discussion and paper-based worksheets, tomedia-rich videos and online activities, and can also be used in informallearning environments, such as after-school programs and communitycenters, libraries, and museums.