What is a good digital citizen?

Ask pupils if they know what a citizen is (a person who lives in a particular place, gets the benefits of that place, and who has to abide by its laws and expectations of behaviour) Give examples of being a UK citizen – right to education, healthcare, protection by police, but we also have to uphold the law and behave as ‘good citizens’. This includes treating people with respect and not bullying.

Ask pupils if they know what a ‘digital citizen’ is? (Digital citizenship can be defined as the norms of appropriate, responsible behaviour with regard to technology use.)

Activity 1: Venn diagram good citizens and good digital citizens

Hand out Worksheet Activity 1 Venn diagrams for the pupils to fill in – decide whether they are better doing this individually or in groups. Can they think of any other ways to be good citizens/ digital citizens/both? Share any other ideas as a class.

Activity 2: What does a good digital citizen do?

Hand out Worksheet Activity 2 What does a good digital citizen do? In groups, pupils look at the subjects in the boxes. Using what they have learned, decide how a good digital citizen should behave and fill in the boxes. Then, they move to other groups to ‘teach’, swap ideas and discuss their answers with them.

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Good Digital Citizen – Joe’s Story PPT

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Good Digital Citizen – Teachers Notes

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