2. Find the natural connections to already-planned lessons.
Whether it’s a quick video refresher on copyright at the start of a research project or setting norms and protocols for online discussions, short digital citizenship skill-builders can enhance learning activities across a range of content areas.

3. Empower families with resources to tackle their biggest pain points.
Parents and caregivers are hungry for guidance on some of the media and technology challenges they face at home, from kids multitasking during homework to setting expectations for kids’ first phones. Print a tip sheet to send home in young students’ backpacks or add a section to your class website or newsletter for sharing helpful digital citizenship resources.

4. Talk to colleagues and administrators about the value of digital citizenship instruction.
Break the ice by sharing some copies of these quick-start lesson ideas in the teachers’ lounge. When your colleagues are ready to go deeper, you can introduce them to the ISTE Standards for Students and Common Sense Education’s Recognition Program.

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5. Model responsible digital citizenship.
As always, strive to lead by example. Be mindful of your own digital footprint, educate yourself on the risks and benefits of sharing information online, be a critical news and media consumer, and strive for a healthy media balance. The more you can verbalize your thought process for students related to your own technology use, the better.

 [Editor’s note: This post originally appeared on Common Sense Education and a version of this article was originally published on the ISTE blog]

About the Author:

Erin Wilkey Oh’s work has focused on supporting K-12 students and teachers for over a decade. As executive editor of education content for Common Sense, she provides teachers with practical tips and strategies for using classroom technology, and helps students use media productively to become critical thinkers and creators. Prior to her work with Common Sense, Wilkey Oh taught English at a public high school in Kansas City and evening classes to adult English learners. Her time as a National Writing Project Teacher Consultant nurtured her passion for student digital creation and media literacy.