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.

Here are a few ideas:

  • Parent should have access to the username and password of the account. 
  • Parents should also be on the site and “follow” their children.
  • Do not assume just because there are cartoon characters or other child oriented information that the content is for younger users. Sites like Common Sense Media can help identifying the best sites -
  • Some users have multiple accounts on social media sites.  Often one that most people know and another for close friends, be aware of what to look for on sites for multiple accounts. 


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:

Talking about future of EdTech and the role of Digital Citizenship. Conversation with Common Sense Vice-President Merve Lapus.  Check it out here on their YouTube Channel.

BAM Radio with Carl Hooker - During Crisis-Driven Online Learning Is It Better To Keep It Simple or Try New Things?

EdTechEndeavours (Canada) - Apple PodcastsSpotify, and  Blog post - EdTechEndeavours

Facebook Live with Tito de Morais (Portugal) 

    - Facebook: 
    - YouTube:

Podcast with LaKisha Hudson (Dr. Hudson's Counseling Corner) 
Apple Podcast:

(October 4, 2019)

​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)

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

Province of Alberta Digital Citizenship Policy Development Guide (Canada)

Digital Citizenship in Schools - Scoop It Site

Council of Europe:Digital Citizenship Education Handbook 

Ed Tech Endeavours - 9 Elements of Digital Citizenship Podcasts

Digital Citizenship Toolkit

State of Kentucky Digital Driver's License Program

Common Sense Media (updated website with Digital Citizenship information)

BrainPOP Website (Digital Citizenship materials)

Vector Solutions - Safe Schools Project 

Cyberwise Digital Citizenship Resources

Wabisabilearning Digital Citizenship Resources

ISTE #digcitcommit -

Articles on Digital Citizenship

EdTech Magazine - Building the Themes of Digital Citizenship into Instruction and Business Planning by Alexandra Frost (May 2022). 

IJSES (International Journal of Studies in Education and Science), Fall 2021, Digital Citizenship in the Frame of Global Change

Tech & Learning, Spring 2019 - Digital Citizenship Framework Updated

Ed Tech-K12, Summer 2018 - Use the Key Elements of 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.


Books or Book Chapters

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

Available at or from


Using Technology Appropriately


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

Available from IGI-Global​

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 handbooks.  

With new concerns and moving education online the resources for Digital Citizenship are needed even more today!

Digital Citizenship

ISTE Publications, The Digital CItizenship Handbook for School Leaders: Fostering Positive Interactions Online by Mike Ribble and Marty Park, copyright 2019, ISBN No: 978-1564847829.

Available at or  

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.

NDSL Publication, Going Digital in Student Leadership, edited by Josie Ahlquist and Lisa Endersby book chapter - P–20 Model of Digital Citizenship by Marialice B. F. X. Curran and Mike Ribble

Whole book or chapter available at Wiley Online Library or

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

Available at or from​