Educational Technologies Blog- Digital Citizenship

iSafe is the first digital site that I found that promotes digital citizenship. iSafe promotes “e-Safety education that is designed to provide schools and school districts with comprehensive curriculum materials and learning platforms” (iSafe, 2013). iSafe tools “equip students with the critical thinking and decision-making skills they need to be safe, responsible and technologically proficient cyber citizens in today’s global society and economy” (iSafe, 2003). What is nice about this resource is that the school, parents, and students are involved in promoting and enforcing digital citizenship.


I selected the iSafe site because it is important for parents and teacher to work together to help our students understand digital technology and help students be safe online. Online is not enemy for students. What makes online the enemy is when you have users that do not use digital citizenship “REP’s” (Riddle, n.d.) so this puts our students and even adult users in danger or in situations that could be deemed unethical.

The first way that I would use this site within my professional would be to share the resources with my adult students and encourage them to find out what is in a place within their children’s school district to promote ditigal citizenship. The second way I would use this would be if I taught K-12 grades I would recommend this site as a resource to teach students about digital citizenship.

Media Smarts is the second digital citizenship site that I found. Media Smarts believes “Our vision is that children and youth have the critical thinking skills to engage with media as active and informed digital citizens” (Media Smarts, n.d,). Media Smarts covers digital and media literacy. There are resources for teachers to use within their classroom to promote literacy for digital and media critical thinking for students to make wise decisions while online. There are several issues that are in today’s media and digital world topics that are covered. For example the topics range from “internet and mobile, video games, body image, violence, cyber security, and cyber bullying” and there are many more topics (Media Smarts, n.d,).

I selected this site because it would be helpful for students to be aware of issues that they face or someone that they know could face one of these issues while being online. I would also recommend this site to my adult learners as a resource to learn about the issues and help make decisions while online with their children and you never know this may be helpful to the adult learner as well. The second way I would use this would be if I taught K-12 grades I would recommend this site as a resource to teach students about digital citizenship and literacy.



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Media Smarts. (n.d.). Retrieved from

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6 responses

  1. Great information. Involving students, parents, and instructors in learning digital citizenship allows everyone to be fully engaged. It helps students to be more responsible in their actions using digital media when they are fully involved and tasked with the promise of using media wisely. Many dangers lurk on the internet and making parents, students, and teachers aware of this and the consequences will hopefully remind us all to carefully think about what we choose to view or put on the internet.

  2. The sites you provided address serious topics, and I agree that both parents and children should partake in them. I know too many parents, personally, who allow school aged children to explore with no supervison. My children don’t use the computer at home because I am too impatient to monitor them and afraid of what they may come accross. I know this is unrealistic and that they need to know how to search safely. This sites may help. Great blog!

  3. Hi Jennifer,

    I chose iSAFE also and I agree that it is important for parents and teachers to work together and iSAFE provides great resources for them to do this. I found iSAFE to be a very resourceful and user friendly site. I have not heard of MediaSmarts but it also seems like a very useful website to educate peoplel concerning the issues that can occur while bering online.

  4. Jennifer,

    Before reading your blog I had no idea that the resources you provided this week existed. As a public school teacher, I think that iSafe is a wonderful site to get curriculum materials. Because I am an elementary school teacher, the use of the material would help my students become critical thinkers as well as enforce safety at an early age. By the time they are adults, having the proper netiquette, using the proper safety precautions, and accessing information efficienty, will be embedded in them. I think that such curricula should be introduced in elementary, afterall, they will only know how to access information digitally because public libraries are getting more and more scarce.

  5. Jennifer,
    The isafe is great to help bring parents into the cyber age. Parents often aren’t as technological savvy as their children and this is a way to make them comfortable with all the avenues technology offers in the classroom today.

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