What is Digital Citizenship?

What is digital citizenship? That’s the driving question behind our current Year 5 unit of inquiry.

It’s the start of the school year here in Australia, so the unit begins with the establishment of a learning community in the classroom. Students will explore what citizenship comprises in the context of the class community, ‘a sense of belonging, rights and responsibilities, duties and privileges, agreed values and mutual obligations required for active participation in the group.’ (Australian Civics and Citizenship Curriculum)

From there, it should be an easy jump to considering digital citizenship, through the conceptual lenses of responsibility , reflection and connection. Our learners will explore these questions…

  • How do we analyse and evaluate digital content?
  • What are our responsibilities when creating digital content?
  • How can we communicate our ideas creatively and effectively online?
  • What can we learn by connecting and collaborating with others in the world?

We’re hoping to help connect our learners with other learners, both locally and globally and, in the process, develop and consolidate these understandings…

  • People are consumers and creators in a digital world.
  • We need to think critically about digital content.
  • Everyone needs to be responsible for digital content they create.
  • The internet enables us to connect,communicate and collaborate with people all over the world.

The Year 5s would like to hear from teachers and classes interested in collaborating via Skype, blogs, Twitter, Voicethread, email or other media they have not yet thought of. They are keen to connect with classes anywhere who are eager to broaden their horizons, collaborate on an inquiry into digital citizenship or simply share and compare learning. They’re looking for once-off as well as ongoing collaborations.


Are you interested?

17 thoughts on “What is Digital Citizenship?

    1. Hi, we would like to collaborate. We are a grade 4 cohort studying digital citizenship. We are in week 3 of a five week unit. We have basically the same teacher questions as you. So far we have looked at our responsibilities online. We have used a lot of ideas from http://www.commonsensemedia.com. Here are some of the things we have been exploring:

      We have been using twitter to learn about networks. Our class twitter account is @LCSGrade4A and @LCSGrade4B.

      We have looked a bit at cyberbullying and today we discussed our digital footprint.

      On Fridays has been BYOD Fridays, in which the kids can bring their own web-enabled devices.

      And we have just finished a week of clusters in which kids chose one out of 6 areas to explore about digital media and how to use it responsibly and how it is used to connect with other people.

      We would love to share ideas with you.


  1. I am a junior at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama, United States, and this post is very relevant to me. I am in Educational Media 310 or EDM 310 and we are learning to be digital citizens through blogging and podcasting. So far I have learned many valuable skills and how to be aware of what I put on the internet. As a future teacher I plan to use these methods in my own classroom.

    Blog: harriscjessicaedm310@blogger.com


  2. Hi Edna,
    Hope we’re not too late to respond. We’re interested in collaborating! As the teacher librarian/information literacy specialist, I’m starting the year with Year 3/4 looking at exactly the same ideas as you. We started out with a discussion about the power that the Internet (or a networked society) gives us and how it makes us feel (inspired by a Common Sense Media lesson). We’re recording our thinking on padlet.com (formerly known as wallwisher) for the time being. Please have the Year 5 teachers get in contact so we can get some sharing happening!


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