Digital Citizenship

MediaSmarts Digital Citizenship Classroom Resource

WRPS has purchased classroom licenses for Canadian based MediaSmarts online digital citizenship resources for teachers and students in grades 4 - 8 (My Passport) and grades 9-12 (My World) to access and use in learning how to navigate the world of Digital Citizenship.



WRPS teachers can attain their login credentials and passwords by contacting their school Principal or Vice-Principal as this info can not be posted online.


Digital Citizenship

At its base, digital citizenship is rooted in traditional citizenship. The underlying values of citizenship serve to inform and guide digital citizenship.

However, digital citizenship presents nuances and considerations that are complex in nature.  

Key points:

  • Citizenship requires working to high moral principles.
  • Citizenship requires balancing personal empowerment and responsibility with community well-being.
  • Citizenship requires participation.
  • Citizenship requires education. 
  • Citizenship is ever-evolving and thus requires ongoing conversation and debate.
  • Citizenship must be inclusive. 
  • Citizenship has close linkage with media advancement. 
  • Citizenship is intimately tied to community.

The term digital citizenship creates a new form of citizenship.

While it builds upon the concepts of citizenship, subtle characteristics and nuances are part of this newer form.

In Schools:

• Educational administrators will promote, model and establish policies for safe, legal and ethical use of digital information and technology.

• Teachers will develop and model cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with colleagues and students of other cultures using digital-age communication and collaboration tools.

• Students will demonstrate personal responsibility for lifelong learning.

Digital citizenship policies tend to focus on student learning and student needs. Rather than attempting to control student behaviour as found in acceptable use policies, the emphasis is on how to teach students to work, live and share in digital environments.

A fundamental assumption is that students will be using online technologies as part of learning to prepare for life in a globalized connected society.

*adapted from Digital Citizenship Policy Development Guide, Alberta Education, 2012.

Nine Elements of Digital Citizenship

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) describes a successful digital citizen in terms of the nine descriptors above.

 (Ribble, et al. 2004).

ISTE suggests that together these descriptors form the basis for digital citizenship for all students – essential if students are to take full advantage of new opportunities via the Internet.


Online Resources