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Be Internet Awesome

Launched in 2017, Be Internet Awesome is an initiative from Google that "teaches kids the fundamentals of digital citizenship and safety so they can explore the online world with confidence." Upon arriving on the site, visitors can watch a two-minute video that briefly introduces the program before exploring its resources. A good place to start is Interland, an immersive web experience with four...
Common Sense Education: Digital Citizenship

From the nonprofit organization Common Sense comes this collection of K-12 lesson plans focused on digital citizenship. Originally released in 2010 and updated as of August 2019, this curriculum is "designed to empower students to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly in our digital world," which are important skills for any internet user of the 21st century. The lessons...

Readers who are concerned about the digital risks facing today's young people should check out CyberWise, which describes itself as "a resource site for BUSY grownups who want to help youth use digital media safely and wisely." Launched in 2011, CyberWise was created as a companion site to Cyber Civics, a digital literacy curriculum designed for middle school classrooms. With the tagline "No...
Digital Citizenship Utah

Educators and families alike may be interested in Digital Citizenship Utah, a project that was "created to support school community councils, educators, administrators, and parents in their digital citizenship education efforts, and to expand the conversation around what it means for youth and adults to be good digital citizens." Here, readers will find a curated Resources Library with more than...
Family Online Safety Institute

Parents, caregivers, and families, as well as those who interact with them, may be interested in the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI), "an international, non-profit organization which works to make the online world safer for kids and their families." FOSI was founded by its CEO, Stephen Balkam, and is headquartered in Washington, DC, with another office in London, UK. Visitors to FOSI's...