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Positive Digital Citizens

Exploring our roles as digital citizens




AGE 09


30 MIN


Students will be able to:

  • Express the qualities of a positive digital citizen, highlighting responsible online behaviours.


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Teacher's Guide

Overview for Teachers

This lesson educates students on the qualities and behaviours of a positive digital citizen, promoting respectful and kind interaction in the online world.

Slide 1

Welcome students to the lesson and briefly explain that today’s lesson is about being positive digital citizens.

Slide 2

Share the lesson objectives of what students will be learning today.

Slide 3

Ask students what they think it means to be a good person online, stimulating thought on digital citizenship.

Slide 4

Define a positive digital citizen and discuss how being friendly and helpful online makes the digital world a better place.

Slide 5

Elaborate on positive digital citizenship, comparing it to being a good friend both online and offline.

Slide 6

Discuss examples of good online behaviour, like kindness and helpfulness, and encourage students to suggest other positive behaviours.

Slide 7

Explain why positive digital citizenship is crucial for a safe and happy online community, emphasising empathy and respect.

Slide 8

Go through important online rules, focusing on kindness, thoughtfulness before posting, privacy, and reporting concerns to trusted adults.

Slide 9

Guide students in writing a pledge to be positive digital citizens, outlining behaviours they promise to follow.

Slide 10

Hand out the materials needed for this activity.

Slide 11

Start the activity by explaining that a pledge is like making a promise. The pledge students will be creating will be a promise to behave appropriately when they go online.

Slide 12

Facilitate students to brainstorm different positive behaviours they can pledge to online, starting with the example on screen.

Slide 13

Once students have completed their pledges, have them sign and date it. Teachers are encouraged to display this in the classroom or have students stick it in their notebooks where they can be reminded of the pledge daily.

Slide 14

Allow students to share their pledges with the class, fostering a sense of community and shared responsibility for online behaviour.

Slide 15

Encourage reflection on what they've learned about being positive digital citizens and why it's important.

Slide 16

Reinforce the key lesson: being a positive digital citizen involves kindness, respect, and safety online, mirroring good real-world behaviour.

Slide 17

Praise students for their engagement and encourage them to uphold their pledges in their digital interactions.


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