Digital Citizenship & Internet Safety Education

  • Digital citizenship education in grades K-12 is required for FUSD to comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and receive E-rate funds.  In addition, current academic standards include digital citizenship as an essential curriculum component.  To meet the Federal Internet Safety requirements, all students must receive at least one lesson related to internet safety/digital citizenship during each school year (starting in SY2012-13).  Once the digital citizenship lesson has been completed, the teacher must sign the FUSD Teacher Verification Form and submit it to their school office.  

    Although only one lesson must be taught to meet federal requirements, FUSD strongly encourages digital citizenship instruction throughout the academic year, as it provides an opportunity to set expectations for online behavior and prepares students for college, career, and life. Teachers may teach any of the grade-appropriate lessons from the following resources to meet the federal requirements:

    Ready to Teach Lessons from Common Sense Media

    Interactive Nearpod Lessons
     (located in Digital Citizenship folder of FUSD District Library)Requires an FUSD educator account and login to Nearpod, available for all teaching staff by contacting Renda Fisk or Heather Zeigler.

    EasyTech Online Lessons (grades K-8):
    Requires an FUSD educator account and student accounts to Learning.com, available for all teaching staff and students, in grades K-8, by contacting Heather Zeigler.
     Grade Level
     Recommended Lesson/Resource
     K  EasyTech - Open Communication Discussion
     1  EasyTech - Safe Site Strategies Discussion
     2  EasyTech - Netiquette and Cyber Bullying Discussion
     3  EasyTech - Online Safety: Cyberbullying Lesson
     4  EasyTech - Texting Safety Discussion
     5  EasyTech - Inappropriate Content Discussion
    6-8
     EasyTech - Cyber Bullying Lesson; Get Word Out Journal; Recognize & Report Cyber Bullying Journal

    FUSD is currently in the process of updating and revising our digital citizenship education to better meet the everchanging digital needs of students, families, and society while developing digital citizenship as a routine instructional opportunity where students are taught digital citizenship skills on an ongoing basis. A committee to redesign the FUSD curriculum for digital citizenship will be assembled during the 2020-21 school year.