Unit 14: Digital Citizen

Unit 14: Digital Citizenship

A digital citizen is a person with the skills and knowledge to effectively use digital technologies to participate in society, communicate with others and create and consume digital content.

Digital Citizenship principles. Three core principles that responsible digital citizens should practise are:

  • ENGAGE positively
  • KNOW your online world
  • CHOOSE consciously.                   Source: eSafety Commissioner

There are 4 key areas that we will explore. | 1 - What is Digital Citizenship? | 2 - My Digital Footprint and Online Responsibilities | 3 - Reporting and the Law | 4 - Collaborating online to create a play. |

 Digital words are a part of our everyday life.  Solve the crossword below.

Crossword Challenge

Jump start the thinking. 

Netiquette class chat


In the real world we all have rights and responsibilities. Many online users think that because they are in a virtual world, they can do whatever they want. This IS NOT TRUE. As online users we ALL have rights and responsibilities. Just like in the real world. As digital citizens we MUST always respect the rights of other online users by being the best online user we can be at ALL TIMES. As in the real world there are laws to protect us when we are online. If we are not good online citizens we could face consequences in the real world.
Learn about what Digital Citizenship is?" Watch the videos (right).
Watch an animation about Internet etiquette. Take the quiz afterwards. Click here.

As a class compose a list of responsibilities and positive behaviors that good Digital Citizens have.

Ask your teacher to use a class list to create a class Digital Citizen survey that allows students to rate their effectiveness as digital citizens against the list that the class composed.

Alternatively, a online survey could be created for the class. Use any survey creating website. Google Forms maybe if you use Google classrooms!

Everything we do online stays online. That's right we can never REALLY delete it. A message, a photo a video once uploaded can be sent to many other computers in a flash!

Discuss what a digital footprint is. Use this website to guide the conversation. Click here
Watch the videos (right)

Are you a responsible digital citizen. Click here to play.

Play a game to see if you

Create your own Digital Footprint poster/infographic.

  • Aim to emphasize the all the different ways you leave a digital footprint online.
  • You could use https://www.easel.ly/



In Australia the Federal Government has coordinated ALL the reporting and resolution of online issues via an eSafety Commissioner. This provides everyone with a fast one stop spot that covers everything to do with digital citizenship and reporting.

Click on the button to the left to go to the eSafety website

We recommend you have a trusted adult with you when using the reporting tools

Watch and discuss the Cyber Hero video (right)


Take a quiz. Click here


There are many online (Internet) sites that allow you to work with others. This is called online collaboration. Learning to collaborate online with others is one of the most important digital skills you can have in the modern age.

Form a small team / group of 3 to 5 members
Your team challenge is to compose a short 3 -5 minute play that teaches us how to be an effective digital citizen.

Your team will collaborate online to brainstorm and plan the play. Your team can use:

Watch the videos (right) to help you get started.
Show your teacher your teams completed collaborative work.
Present your play to the class.

Safe Online Information Systems

  • Individually and with others, plan, create and communicate ideas and information safely, applying agreed ethical and social protocols