I am a trustworthy digital citizen when I:

  • tell an adult or report when I see people using the Internet to hurt others.

  • can be trusted to protect and not share the identities, secrets, and ideas of people I know without their permission


Sadly, the Internet is full of untrustworthy people.  Hiding behind their online anonymity, they use the platform to hurt and harass others, and expose the private and confidential information of others.  In fact, some of our own students may be perpetrating these transgressions right now.  Trustworthy digital citizens do not fall into that same trap.  They can be trusted to report negative and illegal behaviors to adults that they trust.  Furthermore, they are aware that many websites have a “report” function built in that allows them to notify the operations of that website of abuse on their platform.  Finally, trustworthy digital citizens refrain from sharing the identities, secrets, and ideas of people they know without their permission.


  • American Association of School Librarians - Standards for the 21st Century Learner

  • American School Counselor Association - National Standards for Students

    • Standard C:  “Students will understand safety and survival skills”

      • PS:C1:  Acquire Personal Safety Skills

        • PS:C1.4:  “Demonstrate the ability to set boundaries, rights and personal privacy

        • PS:C1.5:  “Differentiate between situations requiring peer support and situations requiring adult professional help”

        • PS:C1.6:  “Identify resource people in the school and community, and know how to seek their help”

  • ISTE Standards - Students

    • 5. Digital citizenship - “Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior.”

      • a. “Advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology”

Students can demonstrate this trait when they:

  • Can find the report section of commonly-used websites like Google

  • Refer to their classmates in online forums by their username and not by any other personally identifiable information (PII)

Tools that students can use to demonstrate these traits:

  • Bookopolis:  Safe social networking site for kids based around books.  Students can network with others and learn about new books to read, or review and share books that they’ve read and enjoyed with others.

  • Kidblog:  Moderated blogging platform for students and schools.  Teachers can make student blogs public, or only accessible by certain people or other KidBlog classes.  Teachers can also moderate blog posts and comments and determine what students post online.

Lessons from Common Sense Media