Digital Citizenship in the UK

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In the UK there is an evolution from e-safety to e-citizen, and multiple statutory requirements for teachers to teach digital citizenship. Education for a Connected World, widely recognised as the best practice guide for digital citizenship education, was developed by the UK Government working group, UK Council for Internet Safety (UKCIS), and is modelled after the six topics of digital citizenship education developed by Common Sense Education.

There are many excellent online safety resources available to teachers and families in the UK from trusted organisations. However, there is not a centralised place for educators to go for comprehensive digital citizenship resources. Common Sense Education provides digital citizenship lessons for UK learners that meet the best practice recommendations of Education for a Connected World. Schools and educators can use our Digital Citizenship Year 1-13 Progression, which maps out our resources aligned to the Education for a Connected World framework. The framework was developed in partnership with Islington Council. This recommended learning progression meets all statutory requirements and many of the national curriculum standards for relationships and sex education (RSE), computing, literacy and citizenship.

Common Sense (UK) has worked with the London Borough of Islington on implementing digital citizenship as a mandatory subject. The borough has a population of over 200,000, making it one of the smallest local authorities in England -- but notably it has the highest population density of local authorities in England and Wales. See the Islington Case Study which shows how Islington planned and implemented a positive culture of digital citizenship for learners, educators and parents throughout its schools.