"There are no easy answers, but if students, parents, and teachers can partner in this endeavor, they no doubt will develop solutions for fostering the appropriate and responsible use of technology." Pat Woessner

What is digital citizenship?Childnet's video might help jump start district and site conversations on building AUPs that promote 21st century teaching and learning.

ONtheLINE - California 21st Century District Initiative - Kelly Calhoun, Chief Tech Officer & Assistant Superintendent of education for the Santa Clara County Office of Education, has simply and brilliantly made a case for a common sense approach to weaving AUPs for Internet use into existing policies. Be sure to scroll down this page and listen to her presentation!

World's Simplest Online Safety Policy - Tom Whitby, education visionary and activist, explains CIPA, COPPA, and FERPA - and why educators should not "intentionally for convenience, or unwittingly out of ignorance" hide behind these acts when designing AUPs.

For some very practical tips on developing AUPs, check out Northern Grid for Learning's Simon Finch's interview below:





Resources for Policy Building:
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Responding to State and Federal Mandates:
  • California's AB 307 and AB 746 - The Elk Grove Unified School District has been promoting the teaching of digital citizenship principles well in advance of AB 307, which requires district technology plans to “include a component to educate pupils and teachers on the appropriate and ethical use of information technology in the classroom.” To give you an idea of how one district is meeting the requirements of AB 307 and AB 746, which references cyberbullying on social networks, here is a copy of Sections 3g and 3f from Elk Grove USD's Technology Plan - .
  • California AB 9 (Seth's Law) - Even with AB 746 in place, California legislators recognized the need to have anti-bullying policy in place to protect LBGTQ youth from harassment, intimidation, and bullying. The purpose of AB 9 is to provide a safe, respectful environment for all students.
    *For student and teacher resources for supporting LBGTQ youth, please visit our Focus 1 - Stepping Up page.



Ed Tech Law Insights
We are delighted to have Andrea Cascia, an education law attorney and technology teacher in San Diego, California, as a contributor to the Digital ID wiki!


Based on our experiences in our own districts and in conversations with teachers at local, regional and international venues, we'd like to share:

Five recommendations for promoting and implementing digital citizenship initiatives


  1. Start your DC implementation plan early in the year. All stakeholders (students, teachers, administrators, counselors, parents) will benefit from a likely decrease in incidents of cyberbullying, sexting, online impersonations, plagiarism, etc. Reserving your DC program for the weeks after testing, for instance, results in a year of missed opportunities. For a sample of a possible scope and sequence for Common Sense Media curriculum for grades 1-2, check out our Grades 1-12 Scope and Sequence Menu page.
  2. Document student progress. Have students take a pre-and post-assessment, such as the online survey we’ve posted to the Digital ID Tech Tools page. (We are also currently collaborating with others internationally to develop a series of quizzes with accompanying badges for students to earn as a mark of growing mastery in digital citizenship principles -- details will be posted on the Tech Tools page as soon as available.)
  3. Document the impact of your DC program. As a result of your DC program, compared to previous years, is less teacher/administrator/counselor time tied up in dealing with issues such as cyberbullying, sexting, online impersonations, plagiarism? Do student surveys reflect an improved school climate? Collect data that can help you assess and adjust, as needed.
  4. Create a checklist for your implementation plan so that administrators can quickly certify that all students have had access to DC instruction. Here is a sample checklist you are welcome to use as is or to change to match your program goals. For sample implementation plan checklists, visit the Digital ID Policies & Resources page.
  5. Proudly and broadly showcase best DC practices at your site, from both teachers and students! This is a great way to validate the efforts of your teachers - and for your students, you are providing gems they can add to their e-Portfolios. We hope you will consider this article an invitation to students, teachers, and administrators to join us in shared conversations, content creation - including our annual Digital ID PSA Challenge! - and curriculum collaborations that will help all of us model what is means to be an upstanding digital citizen. We look forward to featuring all the future great student-generated projects as we help them recognize the power of their own voices as they use the global microphone of the Digital ID wiki!



Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Contact us at digital.ido@gmail.com