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What is Digital Citizenship?

Digital citizenship refers to the responsible use of technology by anyone who uses computers, the Internet, and digital devices to engage with society on any level. 

In today’s digital world, our students can only be successful in college and career if they obtain a solid foundation of digital citizenship. This competency is also called out in our district-adopted Graduate Profile.

Below you will find resources including lessons and online activities, to teach digital citizenship in grades K-12.

Common Sense Media

Create an account ​​at CommonSenseMedia.org to get the full benefits of the website. ​​Common Sense Media​​ materials are designed to empower students to think critically, behave safely, and part​icipate responsibly in our digital world.

No time to register for an account? Click the thumbnails below to download and print grade level lessons in PDF format. Fi​​nd additiona​l resources on the website including Curriculum, grade specific ​lessons in the Toolkit for Teachers​, and a large collection of Digital Citizenship Videos.​ You can also get started by reviewing the Common Sense Media K-12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum​.

K-@: Going Places Safely

3-5: The Power of Words

6-8: Safe Online Talk

9-12: Private Today, Public Tomorrow


NetSmartz is NCMEC’s online safety education program for elementary and secondary students. It provides age-appropriate videos and activities to help teach students to be safer online with the goal of helping them become more aware of potential online risks and empowering them to help prevent victimization by making safer choices on- and offline. 

Interland – Be Internet Awesome!

Interland is an adventure-packed online game that puts the key lessons of digital citizenship and safety into hands-on practice. Students learn about personal security, digital citizenship, posting responsibly and the dangers of the Internet.

Cyberbullying, Digital Drama and Hate Speech – Secondary

Digital Wellness and Safety from EVERFI (Middle School)

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EVERFI’s Digital Literacy resources encourage students to take practical steps to protect their own privacy and safety online, while also teaching them how to evaluate content for accuracy, perspective, and motive.  EVERFI’s Digital Literacy acknowledges the benefits of a digital community and resources, while teaching learners to successfully navigate pitfalls inherent in the digital space. 

To access the lessons, login through Clever, search for Everfi, then navigate to the “Ignition: Digital Wellness and Safety” module.

Cyber Safety Instruction

As part of the revised Children’s Internet​ Protection Act, effective July 1, 2012, all school districts must ​educate students about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other ​individuals on social networking sites and in chat rooms, and cyberbullying awareness and response.​​

In the month of October, we will be providing instruction to all students about Cyber-Safety. This page provides you with resources you will use​ to prepare a lesson that will give your students the ​necessary information on how to be better digital citizens.​

Prepare for Cyber Safety Week in October

Teacher Verification Form | Administrator Checklist

All students, K-12, will participate in Fresno Unified’s  Cyber-Safety Week. The requirement is that all students receive at least one cyber-safety or digital citizenship lesson during this week.

Potential Modifications

  • At the elementary level, you have the option of using assemblies or other venues instead of classroom instruction.
  • At the secondary level, sites can make a determination as to how best use this curriculum to instruct all of your students.

Steps to Complete:

  1.  Teachers can access the curriculum from the resources above from Common Sense Media, NetSmartz or Interland.
  2. Each teacher must sign a verification form. Teacher verification forms are kept on-site, but Admin Checklists should be submitted to the district office.
  3. Sign and scan the Admin Checklist form and upload it here.

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