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Gill St. Bernard's Upper School Library: Digital Citizenship

What is digital citizenship?


  • Digital citizenship means being safe and responsible in the digital world. It includes Internet safety, digital footprint, copyright, communication, and information literacy.
  • Common Sense Media promotes safe technology and is a great resource for lessons on Digital Citizenship for grades K-12. Check them out at this website:

Internet Safety

  • Create strong passwords and keep them to yourself.
  • Don't share personal information online with strangers.
  • Think before you download, click on links, or open attachments. Some files may be dangerous.
  • On social media, set your profile to private and only add friends you know.
  • Never meet in person someone you just met online.

Digital Footprint

  • A digital footprint is the data trail you leave behind whenever you do something online.
  • This can include your online profile, what you post, and even the websites you've visited.
  • Build a positive image of yourself and treat others the way that you would want to be treated. Think about how information you post could affect your reputation and your future. Colleges and employers may conduct social media screenings. 


  • Think before you post on social media
  • Be respectful of peers and adults
  • Report any comments that make you uncomfortable

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Copyright and Creative Credit

  • Use the work in a different way
  • Use only a small piece of the work
  • Put new meaning to the work
  • Cite sources. EasyBib and Noodle Tools are helpful for APA, Chicago, and MLA citation styles. 
  • Get permission from the author

Netsmartz Teens Talk Back

Hear real stories from teens about digital citizenship and online issues today. Choose from social networking, cyberbullying, meeting online, and gaming.


Digital Literacy

  • Digital literacy is knowing what technology is available and how to use it the right way-searching effectively, protecting private info, respecting each other's opinions, evaluating the validity and credibility of media, and giving credit for other people's work. 
  • Protect your relationships, reputation, and privacy.