Digital etiquette (sometimes called netiquette) includes the formal and informal rules of conduct for interactions through digital means. The core principles of online etiquette are grounded in respect, and in many ways intersect with the realm of character education. However, awareness of rules specific to digital communication is important for students and adults alike. Although specific understanding of digital etiquette is important, netiquette is likely to increase naturally when people don’t separate their online/digital personas from their real-life/face-to-face selves.
“Common Sense Education’s free Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum empowers students to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly in our digital world. There are 80 lessons in the full K-12 curriculum, with supporting materials such as student handouts, assessments, educational videos, family tip sheets, and professional development resources.”
Collaboration Fluency Guidebook
The Collaboration Fluency Quickstart Guide explores the skills students will hone by practicing the 5Es of Collaboration Fluency. Dive into discovering the power of true teamwork, and see why collaboration is so vital to living and learning in the digital age. Together with the Fluency Snapshot (also included) and six fun problem-based scenario ideas, you've got everything you need in one book.
“In this lesson, you will learn about the issues of digital copyright and plagiarism, become aware of appropriate online etiquette, and understand the consequences of cyberbullying.”
Working Together Digitally
The digital world and its tools offer great possibilities to connect and collaborate with others. In this lesson, students will apply prior knowledge and skills to collaborate digitally and model positive attributes of an effective digital citizen. They will discover how to manage and improve their communication skills and learn to make the most of their connections. Combining their creativity, students will work together to design and contribute to a collaborative learning project in an online community using digital tools of their own choosing.
This lesson consists of two videos and a lesson plan.
“You’ll discover different ways to compromise, and how placing yourself in another person’s shoes can change a potential screaming match into a friendly discussion [online].”
“In this sequel to Privacy Playground, for ages 8-10, the three CyberPigs learn some important lessons about authenticating online information and observing rules of netiquette. They also learn how to distinguish between fact and opinion and how to recognize bias and harmful stereotyping in online content.”
“Find out what’s good, what’s not and what you can do about it. If you look after young people there’s an area for you too – with resources you can use in the classroom or at home.”
Digital Bytes teaches teens digital citizenship through student-directed, media-rich activities that tackle real-world dilemmas. Teens learn from the experiences of their peers then create collaborative projects that voice their ideas for making smart, safe choices online.
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Children build real programming skills while creating their own games and music videos. Using Scratch, a block-based programming language developed at MIT, Zaniac’s instructors deliver a fun, guided curriculum that gives children real world skills.
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This site answers the questions: “What are the proper ways to use communication technologies such as e-mail, cell phone, and instant messaging? What rules and etiquette are appropriate for the use of digital communication technologies?”
This resource addresses: “Using technology without a negative affect on other humans, being aware of appropriate content and context with the use of technology, and understanding how to be respectful to others online.”