Celebrating Digital Citizenship Week october 19 - october 23, 2020

California focuses on Digital Citizenship each October to emphasize the importance of ongoing discussions of the topic. Participants will focus on the 21st Century skills California students need to succeed in school and in life. More specifically, the week emphasizes ongoing efforts to empower students in the areas of critical thinking, online safety, and responsible use of technology at school and at home.

Fall Digital Citizenship Week focuses on:

 Online Privacy

 Media/Online Literacy

 Anti-Bullying

 Positive Online Communities/Digital Leadership

A Path to Digital Citizenship

"It is important to teach students about the ethical, legal, and safe use of online information and resources. It is also important to help students learn about how they can protect themselves and their personal information in online environments."



Students learn that they can go to exciting places online, but that they need to follow certain rules to remain safe.

First Grade

Appropriate Online Behavior

Students explore how they can use email to communicate with real people within their schools, families, and communities.

Second Grade


Students explore what cyberbullying means and what they can do when they encounter it. Students learn about in-person and online communications, and how to write good emails.

Third Grade

Safety & Privacy

Students learn that the information they put online leaves a digital footprint or “trail.” This trail can be big or small, helpful or hurtful, depending on how they manage it.

Fourth Grade


Students consider that they may get online messages from other kids that can make them feel angry, hurt, sad, or fearful. They explore ways to handle cyberbullying if it happens.

Fifth Grade

Appropriate Online Behavior

Students learn that the Internet is a great place to develop rewarding relationships. But they also learn not to reveal private information to a person they know only online.

Sixth Grade

Appropriate Online Behavior

Students consider scenarios in which they might feel uncomfortable or encounter inappropriate talk or behavior online. They learn to recognize online predators and rules for online safety.

Safety & Privacy

  • Scams and Schemes

Students learn strategies for guarding against identity theft and scams that try to access their private information online. Students learn what identity theft is, what kinds of information identity thieves want, and what can be done with that information. 

Seventh Grade

Privacy and Digital Footprints

Students learn that they have a digital footprint and that this information can be searched; copied and passed on, but that they can take some control based on what they post online.


Students learn to distinguish good-natured teasing from cyberbullying.

Eighth Grade

Appropriate Online Behavior

Students learn that presenting themselves in different ways online carries both benefits and risks.


Students learn about the difference between being a passive bystander versus a brave upstander in cyberbullying situations.