Digital Citizenship/Internet Safety

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Michigan Cyber Safety Initiative

State of MI Protect MI Child

  • The Michigan Children's Protection Registry is a secure database of protected e-mail addresses and other electronic contact points such as fax numbers, mobile phone numbers (SMS), and instant messenger IDs. It allows Michigan's parents and schools to register electronic contact points that children may access.


  • OnGuardOnline provides practical tips from the federal government and the technology industry to help you be on guard against Internet fraud, secure your computer, and protect your personal information.


  • Committed to the safety of children and teens both on and offline. The kids' section is particularly good for children through fourth grade and does not link to any outside source to ensure a safe and positive experience for children.

iKeepSafe Educator Resources 

  • The Internet Keep Safe Coalition group teaches basic rules of Internet safety to children and parents
  • Faux Paw the Techno Cat
    • Meet Faux Paw, an adventurous six-toed, Web-surfing cat that loves having fun with her friends. Sometimes, she runs into trouble while being on her computer and while playing video games. Certainly, she’s learned one thing over the years: the internet is like a big city, with lots of possibilities! That means it is important to learn how to use it safely and follow the rules.
  • Cyberinsure One
    • Online Safety for Children and Teens

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Copyright & Creativity for Ethical Digital Citizens

  • Resources for teaching what copyright and fair use mean for students as they consume, create and publish creative work online


  • CyberBee has been providing rich Internet resources to educators for over 20 years. The Internet and way we obtain information have changed dramatically during that time.

Digital Citizenship

Common Sense

  • A free K-12 curriculum that prepares students to thrive as learners and citizens in the digital age.

Be Internet Awesome

  • Free curriculum by Google
  • To make the most of the Internet, kids need to be prepared to make smart decisions. Be Internet Awesome teaches kids the fundamentals of digital citizenship and safety so they can explore the online world with confidence.
  • Program includes
    • Be Internet Smart - Share with Care
    • Be Internet Alert - Don't Fall for Fake
    • Be Internet Strong - Secure Your Secrets
    • Be Internet Kind - It's Cool to Be Kind
    • Be Internet Brave - When in Doubt, Talk It Out

Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship

  • Digital citizenship can be defined as the norms of appropriate, responsible behavior with regard to technology use.

Digital Citizenship

  • Digital Citizenship is a concept which helps teachers, technology leaders and parents to understand what students/children/technology users should know to use technology appropriately. Digital Citizenship is more than just a teaching tool; it is a way to prepare students/technology users for a society full of technology. Digital citizenship is the norms of appropriate, responsible technology use.

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Lessons & Resources

  • 21 Things 4 Kids Digital Citizenship
    • This hot topic is devoted to the recognition of the importance of fostering Digital Citizenship throughout our classrooms and lives. This will feature some of the outstanding resources available online about Digital Citizenship.
  • 21 Things 4 Students
    • Cyber Safety
      • Students earn their Cyber Safety Expert badge by successfully completing the Quests and cracking the cyber safe.
    • Digital Footprint
      • Students will be completing four Quests. Once they complete these Quests, they will earn the 21t4s Investigator badge.
    • Be Legal & Fair
      • In this Thing, students will
        • find out what they can do to make sure creative work remains under proper control
        • investigate the laws of copyright and report findings back to the teacher 
        • need to find out if there is a way to legitimately use the work done by others so that you are not accused of operating illegally
    • 21 Things 4 Teachers
      •   Digital Citizenship
        • Participants will be reviewing digital citizenship, acceptable use, sources for Cyber Safety and how to prevent identity theft
      • Be Legal & Fair
        • Participants will learn about copyright, fair use, Creative Commons and the TEACH Act of 2002

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Digital Literacy

  • Media Literacy
    • Media literacy asks who created a media message and why. It examines through deconstruction how color, music, layout, motion, lighting, camera angles, and similar techniques affect a person's perception and understanding of the content being presented to them. And it considers what or who is included and excluded. Acquiring media literacy skills means being able to think critically about and evaluate more fully what's being presented or the media you're creating.
  • Information Literacy
    • Access to this information can add to our lives in ways that inform, educate and entertain. The downside to this seemingly endless availability of information is that it is often neither well organized nor curated. In other words, the information that can help enrich our lives and that of our children can be both a challenge to find and largely unchecked for quality and accuracy.

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Social Media

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For assistance in effectively implementing Digital Citizenship please contact Anne Thorp

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Anne Thorp

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