Digital Citizenship

The New York State K12 Computer Science (CS) and Digital Fluency Learning Standards are currently in use in some schools and are expected to be implemented in all schools in the 2024/2025 school year. These standards include Digital Citizenship, Digital Fluency, and Computer Science. The Digital Fluency Standards are aligning to the Empire State Information Fluency Continuum to help teachers integrate information, digital literacy, and media literacy skills in every classroom and at all grade levels.

Digital Citizenship covers appropriate online behavior, responsible use of social networking sites, and cyberbullying. Students must be educated annually in this topic to meet the state standards as well as the federal eRate funding requirement.

Curriculum

You may provide instruction using any of the approved curricular materials below.

Free Options

Fee Options

  • BrainPOP: FAMIS Vendor ID: BRA550283
  • i-Safe: FAMIS Vendor ID: ISA821845
    • Standards-based, Common Core ready digital learning content for students in grades K-12.

Certification

When schools have educated students about appropriate online behavior, including responsible use of social networking sites and cyberbullying prevention, school principals need to certify compliance by completing this Cyber Safety Certification Form. This link was also emailed to Principals on November 22, 2021 and posted in Principals Digest on 10/8/21.

Learning Opportunities

Visit the Digital Citizenship Calendar. There you'll find Digital Citizenship classes from:

  • Be Internet Awesome (by Google)
  • BrainPOP
  • Common Sense Education
  • EverFi
  • Teaching Digital Citizenship Through an Inquiry Lens (by Library Services Team)

You can visit our #NYCSchoolsTech certification page for opportunities from Common Sense Education and EverFi. Check out digital citizenship professional development opportunities from Common Sense Education. They offer free live events, interactive workshops, self-paced training, and collaborative learning cohorts with practical takeaways and ready-to-implement teaching strategies.

Note: All Common Sense Education professional development sessions provide continuing education hours and count towards earning recognition as a Common Sense Educator

Social Media 

Learn more about the Social Media Guidelines for staff and students.

Resources

Important Dates

Below are dates (listed chronologically) where you might want to focus on cyber safety and digital citizenship:

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