Get students thinking and talking about how to be safe and responsible digital citizens.
From an early age, it’s important for students to start learning healthy media habits. More and more, digital citizenship skills like balancing screen time with other activities, being kind to others online, and knowing what’s OK and not OK to share online are essential at the elementary school level. But working digital citizenship lessons into an already-packed daily schedule can be a challenge for most teachers.
For Digital Citizenship Week, we’ve put together a series of quick video discussion activities you can use to kick-start your commitment to digital citizenship. These can fit into a short, 10-minute window of time -- be it planned or unplanned. It’s easy -- just show the video to your students, then use the questions to lead a class discussion! And if you find time to take it further, each video has a free lesson plan linked on the video page, complete with slides, student handouts, family activities, and more.
Activities for Grades K–2
Discussion Questions: What was your favorite part of the song? What was one thing you learned from the song? Why should you take a break from your device when a friend says "hi"?
Discussion Questions: Which character do you relate to most when you go online? Why is it important to be kind online? Why shouldn't you open a message from someone you don't know?
Discussion Questions: What was one thing you learned from the Digital Citizens? Why is it a good idea to set a time limit when using technology? Why shouldn't you share your username or password with other people?
Discussion Questions: Do you ever have a hard time pausing when you’re in the middle of watching a show or playing a game? If so, why do you think it’s hard to pause? Why do you think it's important to stop what you're doing and pause for people even if you don't want to?
Discussion Questions: What did Arms like about the internet? What kinds of things can he do online? What three rules does Arms follow when going places online?
Activities for Grades 3–5
Discussion Questions: How could throwing a bottle out of your window be similar to something you do online? What are the Rings of Responsibility? Have you ever heard the term "digital citizen"? What comes to mind when you hear that term?
Discussion Questions: What type of information about you is OK to share? What type of information isn't? Why shouldn’t you share private information?
Discussion Questions: According to the video, what is media balance? How are some media choices more or less healthy than others? What does media balance look like for you?
Discussion Questions: What is cyberbullying? What are some things you can do if you see cyberbullying?
Discussion Questions: Why do you think it's important to know the different parts of an online news article and website? What are some things to look out for when reading a news article online? How do you think knowing more about the parts of an online news article can help you?