Digital Citizenship, Internet Safety, and Blogging Guidelines

by Tracy Watanabe


What does it mean to be a “good citizen”?

What does it mean to be safe?


Behavior Expectations

When I was growing up, there were expectations my parents had of me for my personal safety:

  1. Ask permission before going somewhere.
  2. Don’t talk to strangers. — (With the exception of my parents/entrusted adult being aware of the conversation.)
  3. Ask for help when I need it.
  4. Be polite and use good manners.
  5. Help others when I can, and add to their lives.

These are the same expectations I have of my own children for their interactions in our physical community and our digital communities.


How can we be “good citizens” and safe on the Internet? 

How can we be safe on the Internet?

Click here to watch a BrainPOP video about Digital Etiquette to find answers to these questions (you may need to use your School BrainPOP username and password to log in).

Moby the Robot from BrainPOP UK
Creative Commons License Photo Credit: Brain POP via Compfight

Creating Blogging Guidelines

Blogs often have Guidelines about the expectations for safety and digital citizenship. Visit these examples and decide what is strong or important on these:

What do you think we should include on our Guidelines Page?

How can we be “good citizens” on the computer? 

How can we be safe on the computer?

Published in: Digital Citizenship on September 4, 2013 at12:32 am Comments (3)

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  1. on September 19, 2013 at 9:38 pmDrake Said:

    No Last Name No Phone Number And Dont Tell People Where You Live And Be Safe


  2. on September 25, 2013 at 4:24 pmTracy Watanabe Said:

    Hi Jordan,

    That’s a good point. Phone numbers, last name, email addresses and our home address are private information that should not be shared.

    Kind regards,
    Mrs. Watanabe


  3. on September 25, 2013 at 6:27 pmgary Said:

    Hi Kaleb,
    That is a good point.


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