Lesson Plan

Super Digital Citizen

How can others help people to be a good digital citizen?
Jennifer E.
Education Program Manager, Pittsburgh Common Sense Education
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Adapted from Common Sense Media Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum.  

Unit 3 https://www.commonsensemedia.org/sites/default/files/uploads/classroom_c...

Students will be able to...

  • Compare and contrast their responsibilities to their offline and online communities.
  • Reflect on the characteristics that make someone an upstanding citizen.
  • Devise resolutions to digital dilemmas.
Social Studies
English Language Learning
Grades 3 – 5
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1 Introduction

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Guide students to recognize that the things we read, see, and hear online can lead people to have all sorts of feelings (e.g., happy, hurt, excited, angry, curious). So what we do and say online can be powerful. The Internet also allows us to learn about anything, talk to people at any time (no matter where they are in the world), and share our knowledge and creative projects with other people.

Show students the quote "With great power comes great responsibility" -Spiderman


Ask students:  What kind of power does the internet give us? Introduce vocabulary term: digital citizen-someone who chooses to act in a safe, respectful and responsible way online.

Using Padlet: Create 3 titles: Safe, Responsible and Respectful.  Invite students to post words that describe how people can act safely, responsibly and respectfully online and post them under the correct column.


2 Direct Instruction

Activity: Drawing

Explain to students that they are going to be creating their own digital super hero who use great powers to help people act safely, responsibly and respectfully online.

Students will be given posterboard, paint/crayons, descriptive words from padlet to be showcased.  Ask students to create their own super digtial citizen.  

Questions to ask students:

1.  What kind of superpowers would my digital citizen superhero use to help others act safely, responsibly, and respectfully online?  What is special about the way my superhero acts and thinks?  

2.  What kind of special costume would my superhero wear to help him or her do the job?

3.  What would my superhero's name be?

Ask students to note some of the qualities from out padlet session.

3 Guided Practice

Students will create a short comic strip.  They should illustrate a problem in the digital world, and how their digital superhero helps resolve that digital dilemma.  

Example scenarios/dilemmas:

1.  Someone spreads rumors about somebody else online.

2.  Someone cheats on an assignment for school.

3.  Someone uses someone else's password to pretend to be that person online.

4.  Someone says mean things online.

Students can use the storymap from ReadWriteThink 


Have students share their comics with one another.

4 Wrap Up

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Have students reflect on one of the following questions using Kidblog.  

1.  What does it mean to be digital citizen?

2.  What kinds of superpowers or qualities did your digital superheroes have in common?

3.  What does Spiderman's motto "With great power comes great responsibility" mean to you, as someone who uses the Internet?