Site offers free digital citizenship tools

Digital citizenship is a key skill for today’s students

digital-citizenshipToday’s kids may be growing up in an interconnected world, but they need to be taught how to be good cyber citizens and use technology wisely. To help create an online source on digital citizenship, CarrotNewYork, Cable in the Classroom (CIC) and O’Keefe Communications teamed up to create InCtrl.

The online resource is a collection of seven free standards-based, inquiry-led, and student-centered lessons covering key digital citizenship topics.

Designed to equip and empower 4th-8th grade students to be smart, safe, and effective in today’s digital world, topics include everything from privacy to cyberbullying.

“InCtrl was designed to make digital citizenship teachable for educators by breaking the topic down into seven turnkey, easy-to-digest topics that include conversation starters, activities, teaching tips and resources. Interdisciplinary lessons are aligned with national standards, including Common Core, American Association of School Librarians, National Education Technology Standards (NETS), by ISTE, and Partnership for 21st Century Skills,” said Filiz Soyak, education director of CarrotNewYork.

“Digital Citizenship is a holistic and positive approach to helping students learn how to be safe and secure, as well as smart and effective participants in a digital world,” said Kat Stewart, senior director of public affairs for Cable in the Classroom. That means helping them understand their rights and responsibilities, recognize the benefits and risks, and realize the personal and ethical implications of their actions. Helping a student become a good digital citizen cuts across all curricular disciplines.”

The full curriculum can be downloaded at

Laura Ascione

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