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Guide future-ready learners to make informed choices online

Integrating digital literacy skills into your curriculum ensures students are informed and prepared to navigate the digital world safely and responsibly.

Leading the conversation on Digital Citizenship

Classrooms around the world rely on BrainPOP to equip students with the digital citizenship skills they need to navigate online spaces. Our complete Digital Citizenship unit covers over 20 topics across K-8th grade, including Cyberbullying, Copyright, Social Media, and Peer Pressure.


Hover over the sample topics below to see examples of digital literacy skills students build while learning on BrainPOP.

Digital Etiquette

Do’s and don’ts of digital etiquette (netiquette) and how our everyday rules apply to digital communication.

Information Privacy

How and why to keep yourself safe by keeping your personal information private offline.


Learn about the most basic forms of plagiarism, like copying and pasting someone else’s words directly into your work.

Online Safety

How to safely navigate online spaces as you play games, chat with friends, and explore new sites.

Media Literacy

The importance of being an informed consumer of media, including TV, print, and the internet, and how to separate fact from opinion. 

Online Sources

Steps every student should take when seeking and vetting reliable sources online.

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Digital literacy in every lesson

Digital literacy and digital citizenship are most impactful when integrated into learning throughout the year. Use BrainPOP to connect these concepts across the curriculum, ensuring your students are wired for success.

    • Discuss the ethics of online communication and the impact of digital footprints while analyzing the digital behavior of characters in novels or real-life figures.

    • Encourage students to create classroom guidelines for respectful online discussion, emphasizing the importance of empathy and understanding different perspectives.

    • Introduce coding as a way to use logical and mathematical concepts to solve problems, introducing basic computational thinking while reinforcing math skills. 

    • Discuss how data can be collected and used and why it's essential to understand user agreements and privacy settings.

    • Conduct experiments using virtual labs or simulations, allowing students to interact with scientific concepts in a digital format.

    • Discuss the ethical implications of scientific research and the responsibility of sharing and using scientific data online.

    • Research historical events or collaborate on digital timelines to teach students to critically evaluate online sources.

    • Use current events or historical contexts to facilitate discussions on digital rights and responsibilities.


Bytes of wisdom


    • Digital Literacy: Understanding and effectively using digital tools

    • Online Etiquette: Practicing respectful online communication

    • Digital Footprint Awareness: Recognizing the long-lasting nature of online actions

    • Cyberbullying Recognition and Reporting: Identifying and standing against online bullying

    • Privacy Knowledge: Understanding the importance of protecting personal information online

    • Ethical Online Behavior: Recognizing the rights and responsibilities of online actions, such as copyright rules

    • Safe Online Interactions: Knowing how to interact safely with others online and recognizing potential online danger

    • Digital literacy skills focus on how to find, evaluate, and create digital content.

    • Digital citizenship goes beyond skills to teach students about their rights and responsibilities online, focusing on ethical behavior and safe, respectful digital interactions.

  • Teachers can integrate digital literacy skills into their curriculum by incorporating technology-based projects, using digital tools for research and collaboration, and teaching students to critically evaluate online information.

  • School leaders, from principals to teachers, play key roles in fostering digital citizenship. Principals set policies that embed digital citizenship into the school culture. Curriculum and instruction (C&I) coaches support teachers in integrating it across subjects. Teachers model responsible online behavior, making digital citizenship a core part of learning and demonstrating its real-world applications.

  • Digital Citizenship Week is a week in October when schools dedicate time to teaching students the skills and concepts needed to be a good digital citizen. Digital Citizenship Week 2024 is from Monday, October 16th - Sunday, October 22nd.

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