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Digital Citizenship

Provides resources for parents, administrators, and students on appropriate Digital Citizenship. Resources include publications, sample policies, and frequently asked questions.
Why does the California Department of Education (CDE) advocate, champion, and promote Digital Citizenship?

Digital Citizenship is the safe and responsible use of technology and online behavior modeled by students and adults.

While technology is ever present in our personal and professional lives, digital wellness becomes increasingly more important in the lives of our students and ourselves. In service of Superintendent Thurmond’s Mental Health Initiatives, a “healthy mind is essential for learning”. Specifically, the “Mental Health Support Initiative focuses on supporting all students and fostering school communities where all students feel supported, respected, and valued.” In the case of digital citizenship, the CDE explores ways to support mental health with and without the use of media and technology.

Equally important is the need to heighten our cyber-resilience. At CDE, we support programs such as KnowBe4 External link opens in new window or tab. to educate and remind us how to maintain vigilance against phishing and scamming, establish strong passwords, and safeguard ourselves from malicious cyber activities. We must model personal digital safety and call upon our students to do the same, particularly as emerging technologies such as generative artificial intelligence permeate our lives.

In an effort to empower students in the ever-evolving digital landscape, it is critical to support students to be accountable for their safe, responsible, healthy balanced online interactions. To do so, CDE aims to collaborate with educators and families to raise awareness and educate each other to foster positive learning environments.

What does the CDE envision to achieve and accomplish through its support of Digital Citizenship?

The CDE aims to support the efforts of our adults such as educators and caregivers to model and provide safe and responsible online learning environments for our students. Our goal is to offer guidance by sharing and curating vetted resources for students, families, and educators to leverage in daily practices so that “students feel supported, respected, and valued.”

According to the ISTE Digital Citizen External link opens in new window or tab. definitions, how can:

  1. “Students recognize the rights, responsibilities and opportunities of living, learning and working in an interconnected digital world, and they act and model in ways that are safe, legal and ethical.”
  2. “Educators inspire students to positively contribute to and responsibly participate in the digital world.”
  3. Educational “Leaders use technology to increase equity, inclusion, and digital citizenship practices.”
  4. “Coaches model digital citizenship and support educators and students in recognizing the responsibilities and opportunities inherent in living in a digital world.”

We recognize that we must proactively mitigate risks when we meaningfully integrate technology within our instruction and workplace. Simultaneously, we adhere to a growth mindset as life-long learners to acknowledge that we are not averse to the technological advancements that are made to propel us forward in achieving our mission to “prepare students to live, work, and thrive in a multicultural, multilingual, and highly connected world.”

How will CDE achieve and accomplish its vision of Digital Citizenship?

In collaboration with Common Sense Education External link opens in new window or tab. and ICanHelp External link opens in new window or tab., the CDE is thrilled to continue celebrating over 10 years of Digital Citizenship Week External link opens in new window or tab., and over 20 years of digital citizenship campaigns!

General resources for your review:

  1. Common Sense Curriculum External link opens in new window or tab.
  2. ICanHelp Events External link opens in new window or tab. to support Digital4Good External link opens in new window or tab. and combat Cyberbullying External link opens in new window or tab.
  3. Tech Talk Tuesdays External link opens in new window or tab. in accordance with Screenagers Resources External link opens in new window or tab....have you thought about co-developing a screen time contract External link opens in new window or tab. with your child?
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Last Reviewed: Friday, March 01, 2024
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