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.
- Be Internet Awesome: Google’s Be Internet Awesome supports students in grades 3 - 6 in being safe, confident explorers in their online world.
- Common Sense Education: This curriculum provides free lesson plans, interactives, and videos designed to support K-12 students in being good digital citizens. You can also use their Essential Guide to Digital Citizenship for CIPA & E-rate.
- EverFi - Ignition – Digital Wellness and Safety: Ignition: Digital Wellness and Safety is a digital literacy curriculum designed to provide students with the information they need to safely and confidently navigate the digital world for grades 6-9 with the skills to leverage technology safely and effectively.
- Teaching Digital Citizenship Through an Inquiry Lens (NYC DOE Library Services Team).This program builds digital citizenship around an Inquiry framework for grades 1-12.
- 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.
Visit the Digital Citizenship Calendar. There you'll find Digital Citizenship classes from:
- Be Internet Awesome (by Google)
- Common Sense Education
- 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.
Learn more about the Social Media Guidelines for staff and students.
- Digital Citizenship Responsibilities
- Digital Media Guidelines for Remote Learning
- Internet Acceptable Use Policy
- Digital Citizenship Infographics for:
- Digital Citizenship Student Activity Book
- Library Services
Below are dates (listed chronologically) where you might want to focus on cyber safety and digital citizenship:
- National Bullying Prevention Month October 2021
- #BlueUp: October 4, 2021
- Make friends with someone you don’t know: Week of October 4, 2021
- Challenge others to be kind: Week of October 4, 2021
- Stand up for others week: Week of October 11, 2021
- Start the week off with conversations with your peers: Week of October 25, 2021
- Digital Inclusion Week: October 4 - 8, 2021
- National Coming Out Day: October 11, 2021
- Digital Citizenship Week: October 18 - 22, 2021
- Media Literacy Week: October 25 - 30, 2021
- Hour of Code - December 6 - 12, 2021
- CS Education Week: December 6 - 12, 2021
- Safer Internet Day: February 8, 2022
- Respect for All Week: February 14 -18, 2022
- Digital Learning Day: February 22, 2022