Digital Citizenship Week: October 14-18

Digital Citizenship Week runs from October 14-18, 2019. This week is an annual event that teachers, schools, and districts can leverage to increase awareness of digital citizenship education. Some schools use the week to celebrate the digital citizenship program they already have in place. Others, use it as a time to kick-off an initiative.

This year, Common Sense Education has put together three sets of video discussion activities that can be used by teachers to get students thinking and talking about their media use.

Amplify your students’ voices and give them ownership of their digital lives.

Digital citizens think critically about what they see online, understand the benefits and risks of sharing information, and balance screen time with other activities. But digital citizens aren’t born—they’re taught by teachers like you!

Kick off this Digital Citizenship Week by giving your students the space to voice their perspectives on topics important to them with digital citizenship video discussion activities for all ages (details below).

Video Discussion Activities for Digital Citizenship Week

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Activities for Elementary School (Ages 5–11)

Add a daily dose of digital citizenship to your week with the Digital Citizens (they’re a band!). These fun characters help young students learn about healthy media habits. And the videos for older elementary students will get them talking about how to recognize cyberbullying, how to find credible news and information, and more.

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Activities for Middle School (Ages 11–14)

Our Teen Voices video series will help middle school students reflect on their tech use and make thoughtful, informed choices. They’ll also discuss the benefits and drawbacks of social media, how to deal with digital drama, and ways to keep online friendships safe.

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Activities for High School (Ages 14–18)

With these videos and discussion questions, high schoolers can reflect on their social media use and think about how their actions online might affect others. Discussions include understanding online hate speech, how much screen time is too much, and ways to communicate with people who disagree with you.


Common Sense Education helps educators find the best edtech tools, learn best practices for teaching with tech, and equip students with the skills they need to think critically and use technology responsibly to learn, create, and participate. Go to Common Sense Education for FREE resources including full reviews of digital tools, ready-made lesson plans, videos, webinars, and more.

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