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Common Sense Education provides a wealth of classroom resources to engage in digital citizenship conversations, lessons, and activities. Below you will find key grade-level resources to help you get started in supporting your students.

Grades K-5

Media Balance Is Important

Through this fun song, students will start to think about how to find a happy balance between their online and offline activities!

Discussion Questions: What was your favorite part of the song? What was one thing you learned from the song? Why should you take a break from your device when a friend says "hi"?

Pause & Think Online

From our head down to our toes, and our feet up to our nose, the Digital Citizens inspire students to be safe, responsible, and respectful online.

Discussion Questions: Which character do you relate to most when you go online? Why is it important to be kind online? Why shouldn't you open a message from someone you don't know?

We the Digital Citizens

Students explore the amazing possibilities that come with using technology and learn from the Digital Citizens, who take a pledge to travel safely on the internet.

Discussion Questions: What was one thing you learned from the Digital Citizens? Why is it a good idea to set a time limit when using technology? Why shouldn't you share your username or password with other people?

Pause, Breathe, Finish Up!

Students learn a simple routine for how to deal with being interrupted while using media.

Discussion Questions: Do you ever have a hard time pausing when you’re in the middle of watching a show or playing a game? If so, why do you think it’s hard to pause? Why do you think it's important to stop what you're doing and pause for people even if you don't want to?

My Online Neighborhood

In this video, students learn three rules for keeping their online experiences safe and fun.

Discussion Questions: What did Arms like about the internet? What kinds of things can he do online? What three rules does Arms follow when going places online?

Activities for Grades 3–5

Rings of Responsibility

Students learn about a framework -- the rings of responsibility -- to understand how to balance their responsibilities as digital citizens.

Discussion Questions: How could throwing a bottle out of your window be similar to something you do online? What are the Rings of Responsibility? Have you ever heard the term "digital citizen"? What comes to mind when you hear that term?

Private & Personal Information

Students learn about what type of information is or isn't OK to share online.

Discussion Questions: What type of information about you is OK to share? What type of information isn't? Why shouldn’t you share private information?

My Media Balance

Through this video, students learn a framework for making informed media choices to help them find media balance in their lives.

Discussion Questions: According to the video, what is media balance? How are some media choices more or less healthy than others? What does media balance look like for you?

What's Cyberbullying?

Students learn what is -- and what isn't -- cyberbullying, and get some strategies they can use to respond to it.

Discussion Questions: What is cyberbullying? What are some things you can do if you see cyberbullying?

Reading News Online

With this video, students learn how online news articles are structured. This is the first step in helping them get better at interpreting what they see online.

Discussion Questions: Why do you think it's important to know the different parts of an online news article and website? What are some things to look out for when reading a news article online? How do you think knowing more about the parts of an online news article can help you?

For more information, click here: Videos and Discussion questions

For additional resources, review the following K-2 distance learning packets: https://www.commonsense.org/education/articles/free-distance-learning-plans-for-k-2-students-and-their-families

Grades 6-8

Teen Voices: Presenting Yourself Online

Students explore the benefits and drawbacks of presenting themselves in different ways online.

Discussion Questions: Why do people create and use fake social media accounts (e.g. finstas)? What are some of the results of having and using these accounts? How do you present yourself online?

Teen Voices: Who You're Talking to Online

Hear what other teens have to say about talking to others online. Students reflect on how to keep online friendships safe and positive.

Discussion Questions: What are some of the benefits and risks of talking with people online that you don't know face-to-face? What's one comment in the video you agree with, and why? What do you share with others online?

Teen Voices: Dealing with Digital Drama

Students hear teens give their honest thoughts and opinions on the topic of digital drama. They explore ways to cope with it in their lives or maybe even avoid it altogether.

Discussion Questions: What is digital drama? What are some examples? Why does digital drama happen? What are some ways to deal with it?

Teen Voices: Friendships and Social Media

In this video, students can hear what other teens have to say about their social media lives and friendships, and can think critically about how social media affects their own relationships.

Discussion Questions: What do you think are some of the benefits of social media? What some problems or drawbacks? How does/can social media affect your friendships?

Teen Voices: The Pressure to Stay Connected

Students hear what other teens have to say about how digital media has them feeling "hooked," and can then start to think critically about their own digital media use.

Discussion Questions: What are some things you like to do on your phone or other devices? Do you do these things out of habit? How do you deal with the pressure to stay connected?

Discussion Questions: What are some things you like to do on your phone or other devices? Do you do these things out of habit? How do you deal with the pressure to stay connected?

For more information, click here: https://www.commonsense.org/education/articles/5-quick-video-discussion-activities-for-middle-school

Grades 9-12

Teen Voices: Who Are You on Social Media?

Students reflect upon how they can create a social media presence that represents their real selves.

Discussion Questions: How do you curate your life on social media? Which perspectives stood out to you in the video? Which did you agree or disagree with? Why?

Teen Voices: Hate Speech Online

Teens share their thoughts about online hate speech, including why they think it happens and how it affects them.

Discussion Questions: What is hate speech? Have you ever encountered hate speech online? Why do you think people post hate speech? How does hate speech affect you? Others? All of us?

When Is Your Brain Ready for Social Media?

With this video, students think critically about the best age for kids to start using social media.

Discussion Questions: At what age do you think you were mature enough to handle all the pros and cons of social media? What are the arguments for and against having an age requirement? Which side do you agree with? Why?

Civil Discourse Online

Students consider how to advocate for positive change and find common ground with others, even in times of great disagreement.

Discussion Questions: What are some of the big takeaways from Cameron Kasky's story? What does Kasky say about debating with people who disagree with you? Do you agree?

Screen Time: How Much Is Too Much?

Through this video, students explore the possible health effects of screen time.

Discussion Questions: What is the difference between active and passive use? Which type of screen time do you engage in more? What screen activities do you value, and what do you want to cut out?

Discussion questions: What is the difference between active and passive use? Which type of screen time do you engage in more? What screen activities do you value, and what do you want to cut out?

For more information, click here: Videos for Critical Thinking + discussion questions

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