Posted: Sat, 04/16/2016 - 4:44pm Updated: Mon, 03/22/2021 - 9:18am

Governor Holcomb Proclaims September 14-18, 2020 Indiana Digital Citizenship Week


September 15, 7pm EST - Webinar: Digital Citizenship

This webinar is part of our Teaching In a Digital World webinar series.

September 16, 8pm EST - Twitter Chat #INedchat

September 17, 4pm EST - Supporting Student Wellness and Safety in a Virtual World 

With the world increasingly virtual, it's never been more important to help students learn to leverage technology to support their overall wellness. In this session, join EVERFI to learn about the online interactive lessons you can use to support students in areas such as balancing online and offline time, keeping personal information safe, cultivating healthy relationships through online interactions, and more. These lessons are free for all teachers and can be used for both in-person and remote learning.  


Common Sense EducatorThe Indiana Department of Education celebrates Indiana Digital Citizenship Week the first full week of September following Labor Day. The #INDigCitWeek celebration is part of an ongoing effort to teach students how to make safe, smart, and ethical decisions in the digital world. We envision Indiana Digital Citizenship Week providing you with the momentum to pursue becoming a Digital Citizenship Recognized district, school, or educator through Common Sense Education and by joining the Be Internet Awesome movement through Google! Both of these excellent programs can provide resources and connections for building good digital citizens.


*You need to apply again this year to earn your 2020-2021 badge Common Sense Recognition Program.


Common Sense Education organization offers free, research-based K-12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum with lessons plans for you to teach students how to:

  • Manage their online information and keep it secure.
  • Protect their own online privacy while respecting others'.
  • Explore, examine, and protect their online reputations.
  • Reflect on their responsibilities and rights as creators online.
  • Identify, find, evaluate, and use information effectively.
  • Deal with a cyberbullying situation appropriately.
  • Stay safe online through positive connections.

The comprehensive digital citizenship lessons are aligned to the ISTE Standards for Students, include resources to share with families, can be delivered offline or in a blended format, and provide the option for student assessments. We will be aligning the K-8 lessons to the new Indiana Computer Science Standards as well. Additionally, Common Sense Media has invested in designing professional development resources to support educators with the implementation of the materials.

Activities for kindergarten

Activities for 1st grade

Activities for 2nd grade

Activities for 3rd grade

Activities for 4th grade

Activities for 5th grade

Activities for 6th grade

Activities for 7th grade

Activities for 8th grade

Activities for 9th grade

Activities for 10th grade

Activities for 11th grade

Activities for 12th grade


Free digital wellness and safety resource from Everfi:

Ignition: Digital Literacy

Digital Wellness Network

Building a culture of positive digital citizenship in your school is not just a goal, it is a journey.It is important to teach students how to make safe, smart, and ethical decisions in the digital world. "Building a culture of positive digital citizenship in your school is not just a goal, it is a journey," writes Susan Bearden, author of Digital Citizenship: A Community-Based Approach. The Office of eLearning response to this assertion is that you are not alone on the journey. We provide a path to guide educators and schools as they implement a comprehensive digital citizenship education program for their students.

In support of this work, we have partnered with Common Sense Education, a national non-profit organization that helps families and educators teach kids how to be safe and smart in today’s media-driven world. With so many digital citizenship resources to select from, why are we promoting Common Sense Education?

Your School or District Can Earn Recognition

Common Sense Education offers the ability for educators, schools, and districts that are harnessing the potential of technology for learning to be recognized in their new program. The Office of eLearning emphasizes the importance of a systemic, community-wide approach to digital citizenship education as part of teaching and learning in schools today. We believe that it is important for school districts to demonstrate their commitment to educating faculty and students on what it means to be a responsible digital citizen. The Common Sense Education Recognition Program signifies that districts have engaged not only in providing instruction using a comprehensive, research-based curriculum but that stakeholders have been engaged at every level from administration to families.

Meet CIPA Requirements

Common Sense Education offers CIPA Toolkits for Administrators and Teachers. What is CIPA? The Children’s Internet Protection Act is a federal law enacted by Congress to address concerns about access to offensive content over the Internet on school and library computers. CIPA imposes certain types of requirements on any school or library that receives funding for Internet access or internal connections from the E-rate program. Since July 2012, schools subject to CIPA are required by the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act, to provide for educating minors about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms and cyberbullying awareness and response.

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