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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?

48 Comments to

“Digital Citizenship, Internet Safety, and Blogging Guidelines”

  1. September 4th, 2013 at 4:23 pm      Reply Ariana Says:

    I think one of the most important internet guide lines is to never give your first name,last name, address,or any personal information.

    • September 25th, 2013 at 4:39 pm      Reply Tracy Watanabe Says:

      Hi Ariana,

      I think it’s okay to give out your first name, as long as it is not a unique first name. I’m more concerned about protecting students’ last names on the Internet, as well as their address, phone numbers, etc.

      Kind regards,
      Mrs. Watanabe

  2. September 4th, 2013 at 4:24 pm      Reply jordan Says:

    we can only use our first names not our last names
    no useing text talk don’t use capital letters

  3. September 4th, 2013 at 4:25 pm      Reply Meghan Says:

    Do not post your address, phone number, or email address on the blog.

  4. September 4th, 2013 at 4:29 pm      Reply Katriel Says:

    We should be nice and respectful to citizens on online games and websites. Treat the other people online the way you would like to be treated. We can be safe online by not talking to strangers online. Only talk to the people you know on the computer.I don’t think you need to change anything on this blog because it says everything about being safe on the internet so the blog is fine. It doesn’t need to change.

    • September 25th, 2013 at 4:42 pm      Reply Tracy Watanabe Says:

      Dear Katriel,

      Thank you for taking the time to compose a quality comment with details supporting your thoughts, and for using correct grammar and punctuation.

      I like that motto: Treat others online the way you’d like to be treated.

      Kind regards,
      Mrs. Watanabe

  5. September 4th, 2013 at 4:29 pm      Reply tianna Says:

    always write in full sentences and words- no “text talk”

  6. September 4th, 2013 at 4:30 pm      Reply Eric Says:

    One of our guideline rules can be to never post something that could hurt someone’s feelings because then they will try to start a big fight that will be filled with rude comments. that’s what I think but there is about 29 others in the class so everyone else’s comment should be read

    • September 25th, 2013 at 4:45 pm      Reply Tracy Watanabe Says:

      Dear Eric,

      You brought up a very good point. It’s important to be respectful in all circumstances, especially when we disagree with others. It’s perfectly fine to disagree with someone’s opinion, but to engage in a respectful conversation about the opinion, and not the person, is important. Do you have ideas for how that can be done?

      Kind regards,
      Mrs. Watanabe

  7. September 4th, 2013 at 4:30 pm      Reply Kyle Says:

    Don’t be rude! Do not cyber bully!

    • September 25th, 2013 at 4:47 pm      Reply Tracy Watanabe Says:

      Dear Kyle,

      Rudeness is a form of bullying, and that is something that we should not tolerate. Take a look at Eric’s comment above and the response I gave him. Feel free to answer the question I asked Eric. I’m curious about your ideas here.

      Kind regards,
      Mrs. Watanabe

  8. September 4th, 2013 at 4:31 pm      Reply Lizbeth Says:

    Parents should not say their child’s last name.

    • September 25th, 2013 at 4:48 pm      Reply Tracy Watanabe Says:

      Hi Lizbeth,

      That’s a good point. Sometimes it’s accidental because they are use to saying their last name, but we need to make them aware of this for their child’s safety.

      Kind regards,
      Mrs. Watanabe

  9. September 4th, 2013 at 4:31 pm      Reply kendra Says:

    Don’t put your last name or where you are going and don’t put caps when you are typing.

    • September 25th, 2013 at 4:49 pm      Reply Tracy Watanabe Says:

      Dear Kendra,

      It’s very important to not post where you will be later or where you are. It’s okay to say that you enjoyed your event after the fact, but still be cautious about giving too much detail.

      Kind regards,
      Mrs. Watanabe

  10. September 4th, 2013 at 4:32 pm      Reply jacob Says:

    I think that you should talk about NOT trusting everything because that can also cause stranger danger.We need safety.Thank you.


    • September 25th, 2013 at 4:51 pm      Reply Tracy Watanabe Says:

      Dear Jacob,

      You bring up a very good point. We should not trust everything we read on the Internet, nor believe everything someone tells us on the Internet. If you are ever in doubt, ask a trusted grown up.

      Kind regards,
      Mrs. Watanabe

  11. September 4th, 2013 at 4:32 pm      Reply Mckayla Says:

    when you are posting you should not use text talk. Also you should not bully or post mean comments.

  12. September 4th, 2013 at 4:32 pm      Reply Alexander Says:

    One good guideline is Don’t put your whole name on any website and don’t write with all caps if you do someone will write something mean on back to you and one last thing don’t post any picture of someone without asking.

    • September 25th, 2013 at 4:53 pm      Reply Tracy Watanabe Says:

      Dear Alexander,

      You shared some important Internet safety tips. I’m glad you reminded us about not posting a picture of someone without asking permission. Do you think that one is often forgotten by people?

      Kind regards,
      Mrs. Watanabe

  13. September 4th, 2013 at 4:33 pm      Reply alexia Says:

    never give out your email password or phone number.

    • September 25th, 2013 at 4:54 pm      Reply Tracy Watanabe Says:

      Hi Alexia,

      Your email/Internet passwords should always be secured and not shared with others, even your best friend. However, it’s good to share those with parents/guardians.

      Kind regards,
      Mrs. Watanabe

  14. September 4th, 2013 at 4:34 pm      Reply Meghan Says:

    we should post on what we are planning to do later on in the year and how we should act on blogs and be good bloggers

    • September 25th, 2013 at 4:55 pm      Reply Tracy Watanabe Says:

      Dear Meghan,

      I think that’s a great idea. What would you like to do later in the year? Could you create something to teach others how to act on blogs and be good bloggers?

      Kind regards,
      Mrs. Watanabe

  15. September 4th, 2013 at 4:34 pm      Reply jordan Says:

    we should put like the projest we do in class i say what we lerned that day

  16. September 4th, 2013 at 4:34 pm      Reply rguzman Says:

    ask permission before you go somewhere.

  17. September 4th, 2013 at 4:35 pm      Reply victoreya Says:

    Hi I think we all should be good citizens & and I think that safety guildline is helpful and and people should not cyber bulling that is what I think

  18. September 4th, 2013 at 4:35 pm      Reply Ariana Says:

    On our about page we should put our class names[not our last names]and maybe a picture of our class!{smiley face}

  19. September 4th, 2013 at 4:36 pm      Reply toria Says:

    to be a good citizen is to be nice and respesful. For our guidelines we should put NO last names.
    Do not give out private info

  20. September 4th, 2013 at 4:36 pm      Reply jasmine Says:

    We should have on our blog,to not put your last name,check your spelling before you send anything.

  21. September 4th, 2013 at 4:36 pm      Reply jordan Says:

    and put pictures to show them what we did on that project

  22. September 4th, 2013 at 4:39 pm      Reply tino Says:

    never say something that hurts someones felling or offends someone.

  23. September 4th, 2013 at 4:40 pm      Reply Zayden Says:

    No bulling.Or if someone post a comment that is boring don’t tell them that it is boring.Because that is being a bully.It can also hurt their feelings because they might be proud of what they posted but,then they will feel bad.Plus someone else might think the post or comment is good.
    THE END.

    • September 25th, 2013 at 11:05 pm      Reply Tracy Watanabe Says:

      Dear Zayden,

      You make a very good point that people should be proud of their efforts and we should respect each other’s opinions. Do you think it’s a good policy to make comments on things we agree with or on things that we find interesting?

      Kind regards,
      Mrs. Watanabe

  24. December 9th, 2013 at 8:08 am      Reply Sienna Says:

    I like how u have pointed out how to keep safe online!! Why don’t you visit our blog at to see what we have got up to on how to keep safe and guidelines!!!


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