Social Networking

Social networking sites such as Facebook™, SnapChat™and Instagram™ have become very popular with many technology users.  Understanding these sites and how they allow users to communicate and share information is critical.  These sites can be accessed anywhere there is an Internet connection often on Smartphones.  All users need to be aware of the information that is shared on these sites to protect their identity as well as friends.  Check out a post by Hands Free Mama (Rachel Macy Stafford) on the access of technology tools for Teens and Tweens.


Twitter is a micro-blogging site.  It used to allow users to post short messages (or Tweets) of 140 characters or less but is now expanding this number to help share more information.  The origin of Twitter started with cell phones (this is the reason for the small number of characters) but has grown beyond its original idea.  Users enjoy Tweeting as it is a quick and easy way to share information.

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Other Resources

Dr. Jason Ohler, Dr. Mike Ribble and Dr. Marialice Curran collaborated on a White Paper for Impero

titled - digital citizenship: a holistic primer

Resources from the Digital Citizenship handbooks:

Digital Compass and Technology Driver’s License Activities

Multiple Activities for technology users

Activities for trainers of adults

Parent Information (Parent and Student Pledge)

General Digital Citizenship Presentation

Watch YouTube video of education technology leaders discussing Digital Citizenship at the Family Online Safety Institute' s (FOSI) conference in November 2010.

Podcast/Radio Broadcasts:

​Podcast with Vicki Davis (@coolcatteacher) -  iTunes  (March 14, 2019)

Here's the blog post:  

Internet of Unintended Consequences with Tom Oder and Deb Gonzalez (October 15, 2015) 

Education Talk Radio with Larry Jacobs (September 14, 2015)

Ananda Leeke Show with Ananda Leeke (July 14, 2015)

Other websites and groups working on Digital Citizenship:

DigiTeen Project (Multinational group working on Digital Citizenship for Teenagers)

Net Family News (Author Anne Collier was one of the Co-Chairs for the Online Safety Working Group)

Jason Ohler Website (Author of Digital Community, Digital Citizen)

Common Sense Media (updated website with Digital Citizenship information)

New South Wales Department of Education and Training Digital Citizenship Resource (Australia)

Lester B. Pearson School Board - Digital Citizenship: Preparing Students for the Future (Canada)

Cable Impacts Digital Citizenship Resources

Net Literacy Website and Resources

State of Kentucky Digital Driver's License Program

Province of Alberta Digital Citizenship Policy Development Guide (Canada)

Digital Citizenship in Schools - Scoop It Site

Using Technology Appropriately


University of Ottawa, Handbook of Research on Technoethics, book chapter on Digital Citizenship, copyright 2008.

Available from IGI-Global​

Digital Citizenship


Books or Book Chapters

Hot Topics in Technology

It is difficult for users to keep up with what is new and important in the world of digital technology. This page has been created to provide some resources for teachers/parents/users on some of the latest technological changes. There are some resources that are specifically tied to the Digital Citizenship in Schools book.  To access all these resources please see the Digital Citizenship handbook on the Publications page.

I have written a couple of blog posts for BrainPOP.  One on the REP's and What We Want our Digital Citizens to Be

I also want to thank BrainPOP for making Digital Citizenship content available to users.

HomePage Books Publications, Raising a Digital Child by Mike Ribble, copyright 2009, ISBN No: 978-1-56484-250-3.

Available at or from​

ISTE Publications, Digital Citizenship in Schools, Third Edition by Mike Ribble, copyright 2015, ISBN No: 978-1564843647.  

Available at or from


Articles on Digital Citizenship

The Australian Educational Leader - Creating Better Digital Citizens by Terry O'Brien

(A)Way Magazine, January 2010 - Raising a Digital Child

ISTE Publication, Learning and Leading with Technology Magazine, 2009-10, Vol. 37, No. 4 - 5 Considerations for Digital Age Learners

Education Quarterly Magazine, Australia, October 2009 - Citizenship recast

ISTE Publication, Learning and Leading with Technology Magazine, 2008-09, Vol. 36, No. 4 - Passport to Digital Citizenship.

T.H.E. Publication, T.H.E. Magazine, September 2008 - Text Unto Others ... As You Would Have Them Text Unto You

ISTE Publication, Learning and Leading with Technology Magazine, 2004, Vol. 32, No. 1 - Digital Citizenship: Addressing Appropriate Technology Behavior

ISTE Publication, Learning and Leading with Technology Magazine, 2004, Vol. 32, No. 2 - Digital Citizenship: Focus Questions for Implementation

District Administration Publication, District Administrator Magazine, October 2004 - Point of View on Technology Driver's Licenses

ISTE Publication, Learning and Leading with Technology Magazine, 2005, Vol. 32, No. 7 - Developing Ethical Direction

T.H.E. Publication, T.H.E. Magazine, August 2004 - Monitoring Technology Misuse & Abuse

McGraw Hill Publications, Technology Turning Points, December 2005  - Is Digital Citizenship A Problem in Your School? (Teaching Digital Citizenship)

TechWeb Publications, Yahoo News, October 27, 2006 - Time to Teach Digital Etiquette, Experts Suggest