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SUPER Digital Citizenship Week: Be Polite

October 19-23rd is Digital Citizenship Week. The ICATS are using this week to launch our Digital Citizenship Reboot for the EVSC by posting resources for raising awareness around 5 Core Values that we believe will help our students become better digital citizens. The resources we feature this week will become part of a larger library of resources available to you throughout the year.

Today’s Core Value: Be Polite

Be PoliteLearning to be polite online is just as important as learning to be polite in the physical world. We need to help students develop the social skills and attitudes that will contribute to a civil digital society. The anonymity of the digital world as well as the proliferation of social digital spaces that often lack adult presence, can lead our students to make poor social decisions that can damage their reputations and even lead to cyberbullying. Also, because the social norms and niceties of online communication differ in some ways from real-world communication, we need to give students feedback on using proper netiquette so that we prepare them for success in the future.

Resources for Learning about Netiquette

Online Manners Matter from Edutopia

Know the Net: Manners Matter Infographic

10 Netiquette Tips for Online Discussions

15 Netiquette Rules for Students

WITS Cyberbullying Printables

THINK Before You Post Printables

Resources for Learning about Cyberbullying

11 Facts about Cyberbullying from DoSomething.Org

10 Forms of Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying, Haters and Trolls Page from Common Sense Media

What is CyberBullying from StopBullying.Gov

NetSmartz Cyberbullying Page

Do you have a favorite resource for teaching or learning about Netiquette or Cyberbullying? Share it with us!

Click Here To Suggest a Digital Citizenship Resource

Videos to Start the Conversation

A great way to start the conversation about Nettiquette or Cyberbullying is to share a video and then invite your students to reflect about what they have seen. Here are some videos that you might use based on grade-level:

Grades K-3

Use these videos:

Planet Nutshell Be Kind Online Video

What is Bullying? from BrainPop Jr.


Grades 4-6

Use these videos:

Bad Netiquette Stinks from NetSmartz

Planet Nutshell Cyberbullying Video

Digital Etiquette from BrainPop


Grades 6-8

Use these videos:

Discussing Digital Drama Video (LINK)



Grades 9-12

Use these videos:

Student Fights Bullying with Uplifting Twitter Account (LINK)

Other Ideas to Promote Netiquette and Online Politeness

Here’s a short list of ways any teacher can help students be safer online:

  1. Remind students how to be polite every time you direct them to go comment or communicate online.
  2. Help students feel comfortable reporting cyberbullying concerns when they encounter them.
  3. Help students understand how to respond to cyberbullying and negativity on the Internet.
  4. Develop lessons that relate to cyberbullying within your content area.
  5. Create problem-solving scenarios related to netiquette for students to discuss.
  6. Give students appropriate feedback when you see them or hear about them using poor netiquette.
  7. Set and clearly communicate positive expectations related to your students’ netiquette. Post these inside the digital spaces you use when possible.
  8. Always make a digital record of and report any instances of cyberbullying that you see.
  9. Host digital discussions to give students practice using proper netiquette.
  10. Maintain a positive culture in classroom blogs, websites and social media at all times.
  11. Model good netiquette and always maintain a positive online social presence, even outside of your professional digital spaces.
  12. Actively communicate positive messages about your students, school, and profession. Contribute to positive hashtags like #EVSCstory.
  13. When discussing kindness and polite behavior in physical spaces, find opportunities to also include these topics in digital spaces.
  14. Reach out to parents and share resources about netiquette and cyberbullying.
  15. Support and promote school organizations that take a stand against cyberbullying and that elevate a positive online culture.

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