Digital Citizenship for Early Years and Primary Learners

Young learners need a guiding hand as they use the internet and devices. Lessons for primary learners use poems, songs, videos and the "Digital Citizens" characters to teach young learners how to be safe and responsible online. The lessons below will help your young learners on the road to being safe, responsible and respectful as they navigate the digital world.

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Lesson Plans

Year 1

INTRODUCTORY SONG

Media Balance is Important

How do we find a happy balance between our online and offline activities?


MEDIA BALANCE & WELL-BEING

Pause for People

How do you say goodbye to technology when you don't want to?

PRIVACY & SECURITY

Safety in My Online Neighbourhood

How do you go places safely online?

Year 2

INTRODUCTORY SONG

Pause & Think Online

How can we be safe, responsible and respectful online?


MEDIA BALANCE & WELL-BEING

How Technology Makes You Feel

Why is it important to listen to your feelings when using technology?

PRIVACY & SECURITY

Internet Traffic Light

How do you stay safe when visiting a website or app?

Year 3

INTRODUCTORY SONG

We, the Digital Citizens

How can we be good digital citizens?


MEDIA BALANCE & WELL-BEING

Device-Free Moments

Why is it important that we have device-free moments in our lives?


PRIVACY & SECURITY

That's Private!

What kinds of information should I keep to myself when I use the internet?


DIGITAL FOOTPRINT & IDENTITY

Digital Trails

What information is OK to have in your digital footprint?

RELATIONSHIPS & COMMUNICATION

Who Is in Your Online Community?

How are we all part of an online community?


CYBERBULLYING, DIGITAL DRAMA & HATE SPEECH

Putting a STOP to Online Meanness

What should you do if someone is mean to you online?


NEWS & MEDIA LITERACY

Let's Give Credit!

How can you give credit for other people's work?

Year 4

MEDIA BALANCE & WELL-BEING

Your Rings of Responsibility

How do digital citizens take responsibility for themselves, their communities and their world?


PRIVACY & SECURITY

Password Power-Up

How can a strong password help protect your privacy?


DIGITAL FOOTPRINT & IDENTITY

This Is Me

How does what I post online affect my identity?

RELATIONSHIPS & COMMUNICATION

Our Digital Citizenship Pledge

What makes a strong online community?


CYBERBULLYING, DIGITAL DRAMA & HATE SPEECH

The Power of Words

What should you do when someone uses mean or hurtful language on the internet?


NEWS & MEDIA LITERACY

Is Seeing Believing?

Why do people alter digital photos and videos?

Year 5

MEDIA BALANCE & WELL-BEING

My Media Choices

What makes a healthy media choice?


PRIVACY & SECURITY

Private and Personal Information

What information about you is OK to share online?


DIGITAL FOOTPRINT & IDENTITY

Our Online Tracks

How does our online activity affect the digital footprints of ourselves and others?

RELATIONSHIPS & COMMUNICATION

Keeping Games Fun and Friendly

How can I help myself and others be positive and have fun while playing online games?


CYBERBULLYING, DIGITAL DRAMA & HATE SPEECH

Be a Super Digital Citizen

How can we be upstanders when we see cyberbullying?


NEWS & MEDIA LITERACY

A Creator's Rights and Responsibilities

What rights and responsibilities do you have as a creator?

Year 6

MEDIA BALANCE & WELL-BEING

Finding My Media Balance

What does media balance mean for me?


PRIVACY & SECURITY

You Won't Believe This!

What is clickbait and how can you avoid it?


DIGITAL FOOTPRINT & IDENTITY

Beyond Gender Stereotypes

How do gender stereotypes shape our experiences online?

RELATIONSHIPS & COMMUNICATION

Digital Friendships

How do you keep online friendships safe?


CYBERBULLYING, DIGITAL DRAMA & HATE SPEECH

Is It Cyberbullying?

What is cyberbullying and what can you do to stop it?


NEWS & MEDIA LITERACY

Reading News Online

What are the important parts of an online news article?