Digital Citizens - Mid-Pacific Institute

Grade 5

Digital Citizens

Posted on September 14, 2017

by Ms. Byrne on September 14, 2017

On Monday mornings, the fifth graders explore what it means to be a good digital citizen. We feel it is very important to help students learn how to stay safe online. We began by discussing the idea of what is private vs. what is public information. We posed this scenario to them: "Pretend you are joining a website like National Geographic for Kids (after asking your parents, of course). In order to use the site, they ask you to make a profile. What kind of information is appropriate to share?"

Here are some of the ideas the class came up with:

  • Likes
  • Favorite food
  • Sports you play
  • Pets
  • Hobbies
  • Favorite color
  • Number of siblings
  • Favorite restaurant
  • Favorite game
  • Music you like

Then we talked about private information that they should not share. Here's what the class came up with:

  • Social security number
  • Address
  • What you look like
  • School Name with Grade
  • Passwords
  • First and Last Name
  • Directions to your House
  • Phone Number
  • Birth Date
  • Email Address
  • Family Contact Information
  • Names of Siblings

We talked about the online profiles that our students have and what information those sites collect about each student. We noticed that some sites have the option of including a picture to go with their profile. Should that picture be a picture of them? We had a great discussion about why that probably isn't a good idea, then set out to create individualized profile images that represent us, but aren't an actual picture of us. This work was adapted from Commonsense Media's Digital Citizenship Curriculum. If you haven't checked out Commonsense Media yet, please do. If you weren't able to attend the iParent nights, our technology department shared the presentation on MyPueo under Notes. Next week, we'll be talking about the power of our words.