Children's Development

Teaching Digital Citizenship

Digital Citizenship is the responsible use of technology, social media, and a knowledge of internet safety. Students today are learning in a world that is connected by technology.  Helping kids to understand digital ethics and how to protect one’s personal data is an essential part of education. How can you teach little ones the skills they need to become good digital citizens?

Start with a fun read to introduce the idea of digital citizenship. Once Upon a Time Online by David Bedford is a book for little ones that discusses online safety and balancing screen time.

You can also get the conversation going with this cute student sing along that reminds kids to be safe and responsible online! Below are a few friendly reminders that will set kids on the path to healthy online practices.

How to be a Good Digital Citizen

  • Never give out personal information (this includes name, address, passwords, and travel plans)
  • Don’t pretend to be someone else
  • Shop carefully and with parental guidance
  • Be kind to others and yourself online (understand the consequences of cyberbullying)
  • Be aware of your digital footprint (things you post will be available online forever)
  • Give credit to other people’s original works
  • Learn to spot misinformation
  • Let an adult know if you see something that doesn’t seem right


Stephanie Standley M. Ed. is a mom, educator, writer, and outdoor enthusiast. She received her undergraduate degrees in Sociology and Psychology as well as a Master of Education-Literacy from the University of San Diego. Stephanie has 12+ years of classroom experience as a teacher and currently supports students in Special Education. She is inspired to use evidence-based practices to educate children in creative and engaging ways.