Digital Citizenship

In accordance with Federal and State regulations, teachers must annually educate students in grades K–12 about appropriate online behavior, including responsible use of social networking sites and cyberbullying prevention.

Digital Citizenship Week

This year's Digital Citizenship Week runs from October 18-22. To support students, staff are invited to take DOE Partner’s workshops before, during, and after Digital Citizenship week. You can also apply for the partnership certifications, up to October 19, 2021.

Details regarding the different curricula you can use to teach Digital Citizenship are below.


You may provide instruction using any of the approved curricular materials below.

Free Options

Fee Options

  • BrainPOP: FAMIS Vendor ID: BRA550283
    • BrainPOP Jr. Curriculum consists of lesson ideas, quizzes, games, and activities for students in grades K-3
    • BrainPOP Digital Citizenship Curriculum consists of topics, learning pathways, and support resources for teachers and students grades 3 and up.
  • i-Safe: FAMIS Vendor ID: ISA821845
    • Standards-based, Common Core ready digital learning content for students in grades K-12.


When schools have educated students about appropriate online behavior, including responsible use of social networking sites and cyberbullying prevention, school principals need to certify compliance by completing an online form. The link to that form will be emailed to principals and available via PDigest so that either the principals or their designee will be able to complete and submit the form.

Learning Opportunities

Visit the Digital Citizenship Calendar. There you'll find Digital Citizenship classes from:

  • Be Internet Awesome (by Google)
  • BrainPOP
  • Common Sense Education
  • EverFi
  • Teaching Digital Citizenship Through an Inquiry Lens (by Library Services Team)

You can visit our #NYCSchoolsTech certification page for opportunities from Common Sense Education and EverFi. Check out digital citizenship professional development opportunities from Common Sense Education. They offer free live events, interactive workshops, self-paced training, and collaborative learning cohorts with practical takeaways and ready-to-implement teaching strategies.

Note: All Common Sense Education professional development sessions provide continuing education hours and count towards earning recognition as a Common Sense Educator

Social Media 

Learn more about the Social Media Guidelines for staff and students.


Important Dates

Below are dates (listed chronologically) where you might want to focus on cyber safety and digital citizenship:

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