Modeling Digital Ethics and Responsibility


What are we doing help educate our students about digital responsibility? Are we modeling safe and ethical digital citizenship? Instead of blocking websites and banning cell phones we need to begin developing and practicing our own digital ethical and responsible, "cyberesposibethic" behavior in order to be quality role models for today's digitized youth. Professional development and training is necessary for us to better prepare today's digital children. What are we thinking? What are we doing? Are we being proactive, digitally sound role models for children? If you are not sure how to answer these questions, I encourage you to check out some of the resources below. They will assist you with developing effective strategies to help our students learn, practice and share as they become responsible and ethical digital citizens.


Howard Gardner's Research Project, GoodPlay Project, discusses how the behavior of today's digital students is being shaped by their participation in social online digital media.

Education, Social Media, and Ethics: Howard Gardner, Harvard Graduate School of Education from Education Week on Vimeo.


Learn the Net master the basics of the internet and email. A great tool for training.
Common Sense Media - a free K-12 digital citizenship resource
Cyberbullying - Laugh at... are you a part of it?
Cyber Ethics - tools for teaching how to be good digital citizens.
Cyber Ethics for Kids
Cyber Citizen Program - resources for educating children and young adults on the danger and consequences of cyber crime
Cybercrime.gov - US Gov. resources for cyber ethics
CyberSmart Curriculum - a free curriculum to help kids be SMART online
Digital Ethics - Cable In The Classroom resources for kids, parents and teachers to teach digital ethics
iSafe Curriculum - Free curriculum for internet safety and ethical responsible behavior - iMentor - for students
Weaving a Web of Responsibilities - create lessons and discussions for talking to children about responsible digital behavior
Nortel LearnIT.org - digital ethics on copyright
Doug Johnson's Ethical Behavior Commandments
Digital Ethix - NS Teens - This site was created as a partnership between Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) and the NetSmartz Workshop®, an Internet safety resource from BGCA and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children®.
NetSmartz - a great interactive website for young kids learning how to be cyber safe
Digital Citizenship Curriculum - Created by Microsoft Edu. A great curriculum to integrate and use with students