Lesley James
Information Science, Communication, Electronic Technology
Material Type:
Lesson Plan, Teaching/Learning Strategy, Unit of Study
Lower Primary, Upper Primary, Middle School, High School
  • Common Sense Education
  • Digital Citizenship
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    Common Sense Education Website Guidance

    Common Sense Education Website Guidance


    This guide walks you through the part of the Common Sense website that focuses on K-12 Digital Citizenship curriculum. The lesson plans include everything educators need to begin teaching this content in their classrooms and many have accompanying high-quality videos. There are also engaging games for younger students and an interactive social media simulation for older students. Topics include: media balance & well-being, privacy & security, digital footprint & identity, relationships & comunication, cyberbullying, digital drama & hate speech, and news & media literacy. 

    K-12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum | Common Sense Education

    Link to website

    Purpose of Website

    Their stated mission: "Common Sense is the nation's leading nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of all kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in the 21st century."

    Common Sense Education is part of the larger Common Sense website, which also includes media reviews for families, Ed Tech reviews for educators, and advocacy efforts that promote quality, safe media and technology.

    Site Navigation Strategy

    Consider starting with the printable overview or a one-hour training.

    Or go straight to the Digital Citizenship curriculum.

    In addition to a lesson plan, each lesson in the curriculum has:

    • Learning Objectives
    • Key Vocabulary
    • Standards
    • A list of what you’ll need to prepare for the lesson

    There are 6 lessons for each grade (except K & 1), one for each of these topics:

    • Media Balance & Well-Being
    • Privacy & Security
    • Digital Footprint & Identity
    • Relationships & Communication
    • Cyberbullying, Digital Drama & Hate Speech
    • News & Media Literacy

    You can filter by topic or by grade level (K-12).

    Some of the lessons are 15-minute “quick activities.” Look for the clock-shaped icon or you can find the quick activities, optimized for digital learning, on this page for K-5 and this page for 6-12.

    Other ways to use the lessons:

    • Digital Dilemmas”: Use scenarios from the lessons to “to help students develop skills and dispositions to respond to real-world dilemmas in thoughtful, effective, and empathetic ways.
    • Browse the full video library, including the videos used in many of the lessons.
    • The lessons are also available on the and Nearpod platforms.

    Additional Resources


      • For grades 3-5: Digital PassportSix interactive games that address issues kids face and help them learn skills for using technology responsibly. Available in Spanish.
      • For grades 6-8: Digital Compass™: Choose-your-own-path games that allow students to play through the perspective of one of eight characters, each of whom is facing a different digital citizenship dilemma. Students can explore alternative courses of action in order to consider how decisions made in their digital lives can affect their relationships and futures. Available in Spanish.
      • For grades 6-8: Social Media TestDrive: A simulated social media environment where students can prepare for real-life experiences in the digital world by practicing how to respond to situations they’ll encounter as social media users. Each module has a guided activity, a free play section, and reflection questions—and was designed to accompany a lesson from the middle school curriculum.

      Need help implementing the curriculum at your school or district?

      • Resources for implementing curriculum in your school or district: planning templates, checklists, helpful videos, and success stories/case studies.
      • Resources for meeting CIPA requirements for E-rate.


      You have to create a free account to access most of the resources on the site.

      Attribution and License


      Image and Mission by Common Sense. Used pursuant to fair use.


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      Except where otherwise noted, this website guidance document by Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License. All logos and trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Sections used under fair use doctrine (17 U.S.C. § 107) are marked.

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