Digital Citizenship


What is Digital Citizenship?

Digital citizenship is about how we should act, and interact with others when we are online understanding the norms of appropriate, responsible behaviour with regard to technology use.

Digital Citizenship is more than just a teaching tool, it is a way to prepare students for a society full of technology.  

— Dr. Mike Ribble

Why Teach Digital Citizenship?

Digital citizenship instruction must be entrenched in daily conversations with students as they are immersed in digital learning environments, experiencing appropriate ways to act, interact, learn and create with others. The experience of being a digital citizen is fundamental in providing students with the knowledge, skills, strategies and global competencies they need to be successful today, and in the future.

Students need to learn how to navigate their digital world, evaluate and reflect critically on information, respect intellectual property, protect their privacy and the privacy of others, and build a positive reputation and digital footprint. 


Use the ONedSsChat Responsible Use SlideDeck to co-construct norms for the responsible use of technology/ social media with your students!

Ontario Ministry of Education
The Ontario Ministry of Education’s 21st Century Competencies discussion document highlights that the primary goal of the province’s education system is to enable students to develop the knowledge, skills, and characteristics that will lead them to become personally successful, economically productive, and actively engaged citizens.  

Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario
Students today belong to a variety of digital communities and how they relate to others in these communities is the essence of digital citizenship. As a result, schools are facing increased expectations to ensure that digital citizenship skills are taught as a part of a student’s academic program. 

— ETFO President Sam Hammond

Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation  
OSSTF’s messaging around a successful education system supports a plan that will prepare our students for a rapidly changing, technology-driven, globalized world. /…/ Successful learners will have the skills to communicate so that they may interact with the world around them. /…/ Successful learners will have the ability to collaborate with others so that they may become positive agents of change in society.