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Citizenship Instruction & Practices

Digital citizenship means being a responsible user of technology. In the elementary
school, users are respectful of technology towards themselves and towards others.
Users take the time to learn the appropriate uses of technology, such as how to
communicate with others. Users also consider online safety, as well as personal
health aspects. All of these things mean that elementary students require guidance
and practice with a variety of technology tools and uses.

The Andrew Churches video (link below) is aimed at an older audience compared to
the 9 Elements reading which covers a wide age range of students (link below). The
video highlights key information for both older students and adults to remember
when using technology. One key point made is that everything we do online has an
effect, and we should consider the possible positive/negative outcomes before

I prefer the 9 Elements reading because it applies to the wide range of grades and
students. It highlights key areas we all need to learn and be aware of when using
technology. We must take the time to learn and understand appropriate uses of the
technology available.

I would use REPs (Respect, Educate and Protect) from the 9 Elements on Digital
Citizenship and the overview from Media Smarts with early elementary students.
For example, Grade 2 students would benefit from discussing how to use technology
in a respectful manner. Discussion can bring to light points that otherwise may not
be thought of until a later time.

March 2016

I credit my knowledge to the following sources:
Andrew Churches on Digital Citizenship for Kids -
The digital citizen from EDtalks on Vimeo.
Mike Ribble's 9 Elements of Digital Citizenship. USE, UNDERSTAND & CREATE: A Digital Literacy Framework for
Canadian Schools - Overview-
schools-overview Your Digital Presence -
Common Sense Media -