Helping children and youth be well and do good in a digital world

What is Digital Citizenship?

Digital citizenship includes the knowledge and skills to participate in the digital world in a safe, kind, productive, and responsible manner. Just as being a good citizen involves more than simply obeying the law, Digital Citizenship is about both what to be careful about and what good can be done when digital tools are used well.

Digital Citizenship education (at school at at home) should include safe, mentored experiences to help young people practice positive use of technological tools and skills (in age-appropriate ways, of course). Over time, youth can learn to create, connect, communicate, and collaborate in ways that make a positive contribution to family, school, and community life.

This positive side of digital citizenship was the focus of the 2017 DigCitSummit, which was held in Utah on November 2-3, 2017. #UseTech4Good

This website was created in 2015 as a service to parents and educators in Utah and elsewhere. The intention was to support HB213's mandate for Digital Citizenship education in schools but parents will see that many organizations have helpful resources for parents.

Around 100 different resources were curated and categorized to help adults consider different facets of Digital Citizenship. See the Resources Library or categories below for more information about and commonly taught elements of Digital Citizenship.

Since this site was created, the conversation has expanded toward Digital Wellness. For more information about free resources for families, PTAs, teachers, or other mentors of youth, please see epik.org.

If you are a member of a school community council, discuss with your council how Trust Land Funds might be used to foster Digital Wellness and Citizenship education at your school.

 

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