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What is Digital Citizenship

Digital Citizenship Policy.pdf
Digital Citizenship Regulation.pdf


​Digital Citizenship is a concept which helps teachers, technology leaders and parents to understand what students/children/technology users should know to use technology appropriately. Digital Citizenship is more than just a teaching tool; it is a way to prepare students/technology users for a society full of technology. Too often we are seeing students as well as adults misusing and abusing technology but not sure what to do. The issue is more than what the users do not know but what is considered appropriate technology usage.

Digital Citizenship: Using Technology

Appropriately website: 

Digital citizenship begins the first time any child, teen, and/or adult signing up for an email address, posts pictures online, uses e-commerce to buy merchandise online, and/or participates in any electronic function. People characterizing themselves as digital citizens often use IT extensively, creating blogs, use social networking and other means of modern communication. Parents and teachers need to start teaching children and teens at an early age about the responsibilities of being online as a digital citizen. 

Edmonton Catholic Schools is committed to 21st Century Learning. Our statement on 21st Century Learning reads as follows: 

A Statement of 
21st Century Learning 
in Edmonton Catholic Schools

Preparing our students for a world not yet realized

In keeping with our Foundation Statement, the students and staff of Edmonton Catholic Schools commit to 21st century learning. In support of hopeful Christ-centred living, in a society transformed by globalization, technological innovation, and human ingenuity, 21st century learning complements our commitment as a Catholic community of learners, leaders and educators.

Edmonton Catholic Schools fosters faith-based learning that deeply engages all staff and students in 21st century learning opportunities. All facets of the learning system -- curriculum, instruction, assessment, professional learning, accountability and resource allocation -- are in support of 21st century learning. Students will be creative, digitally aware, critical-thinking global citizens, analysts, communicators and producers engaged in learning that is conceptual and authentic within a faith-based environment.

Guided by our moral compass and focused on the common good, students and staff will be self-directed, adaptable, discerning and curious, as they engage individually and collaboratively in 21st century learning.

In order to ensure that our students have the opportunity to become responsible global citizens we have undertaken to create a new “Student Responsible Use Agreement” and are endeavouring to provide students with access to rich digital resources, some of them provided by ECSD and others available on the internet. 
We have created two rich Digital Citizenship sites on our district portal, One is for staff use in preparing appropriate teaching activities for our students: will need to use their child’s log on credentials in order to access this site).

These sites are regularly maintained and updated to continue to provide useful and appropriate resources and sites for teachers, students, and parents. Together we can ensure that our children can truly become faith-based responsible digital citizens.

District Resources

ECSD Student Responsible Use Agreement
ECSD Social Media Guidelines for Schools
Digital Citizenship Policy
Digital Citizenship Regulation

​How can I be a responsible digital citizen?


Additional Online Digital Citizenship Resources

Common Sense Media is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology.
Alberta Education has licensed two of the Media Awareness Network's interactive student resources for all Alberta schools. More info
Student Login for Passport to the Internet
Student Login for My World 
Youth Privacy Site

Want to know how to Protect your Online Profile? Check out the resources from
The user-driven, all-media, multi-platform, fixed and mobile social Web is a big part of young people's lives, and this is the central space linked to from social networks across the Web - for learning about safe, civil use of Web 2.0 together.
It is an excellent resource for educators, parents, and students in terms of how to deal with inappropriate photos, messages, etc. that have been posted to social media websites (such as Facebook and Instagram) on the internet without the knowledge or consent of any individual.
NetSmartzKids is an interactive, educational program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) that provides age-appropriate resources to help teach children how to be safer on- and offline. With resources such as videos, games, activity cards, and presentations, NetSmartz entertains while it educates.
Interactive site for Parents and Students on Digital and Media Awareness
The Parenting the Digital Generation workshop looks at the various activities kids love to do online and offers tips and strategies for everything from Facebook privacy settings, online shopping, cyberbullying, to protecting your computer from viruses.
In e-Parenting Tutorial: Keeping up with your kids' online activities, a witty and cyber-savvy mom takes parents on a tour of the many different Web environments and activities that are popular with children and youth. Along the way she poses questions for parents to answer and gets perspectives from an Internet expert and her children on the pluses and challenges of digital life. The tutorial includes five modules: "Online research and homework", "Online relationships", "Inappropriate content", "Online marketing", and "Too much time online". After completing the modules, parents are given an opportunity to work with their kids to develop a list of family rules for Internet use at home.