Lesson Plan

Digital Citizenship: Netiquette

Common Sense Media & Brainpop help teach about how to behave online.
Alyssa M.
Technology coordinator
New Monmouth Elementary School
Middletown, NJ
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies

Students will be able to...

Understand what are their responsibilities for using technology, what constitutes misuse and how can it best be prevented.

Common Core Alignement

Grade: 05
Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.
Grade: 05
Summarize the points a speaker makes and explain how each claim is supported by reasons and evidence.

Social Studies
Grades 3 - 5
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1 Hook

In Blogger, students will respond to the following questions from Common Sense Media:

Imagine that they you required to wear a sign on your back at all times that reveals something personal about you – such as your address, phone number, favorite food, or nickname. How would you feel about that? Would you feel better if you could decide who knows those things about you?

Ask for volunteers to share some of their comments.

2 Direct Instruction

Students will define digital, citizen and community. Discuss what it means to be a digital citizen. 

Students will watch the free tech movie on Digital Etiquette projected to the whole class. During the movie, students will take notes on the following terms: etiquetter, anonymous, flaming, and trolling.

discuss the definitions of these words in the context of digital citizenship,

3 Guided Practice

Google Drive
Free, Paid

Use Google Draw to share a picture of a safe. Call it a Privacy Vault. Have students put things that should be kept private into the vault. Students can do this with either text or pictures. The information should include things like birthday, but not their actual date of birth (or insert a picture of a birthday cake).

Sometimes, our own thoughts should be kept private. What types of thoughts should not be shared? What are some things that you should not share on the internet?

4 Independent Practice

Have students take the Classic Quiz that goes with the Digital Etiquette movie. I like to read the questions aloud and have students fill out a sheet with thier indivdual answers for assessment. After students hand in their quiz sheet, discuss proper blogging etiquette. How do our blogging rules compare to rules that should be followed when using social media. Create a Venn diagram to compare our class blog rules to rules for social media.

5 Wrap-Up

Have students blog answers to the following questions.
What does it mean to be a digital citizen? 
Mind your manners! Online communication has completely changed the way we interact with one another! Practices like flaming and trolling can transform a friendly message board into a verbal battleground. How can you fight online rudeness and help bring courtesy and respect back to the web?

Have students comment on each other's comments for homework/follow-up.