Digital Citizenship

Media Smarts - digital and media literacy This section explores many aspects of digital and media literacy: from the basics, to how youth engage with different media, to issues they may encounter, the essays and educational games featured here help you become ‘media smart’. Click here to link to Media Smarts.

How do teachers and parents approach online safety? Today, children in elementary school often have just as much, if not more, technology know-how than adults. But as children’s tech use increases, and as they spend more time online, digital citizenship and safety issues become even more important. Parents look to teachers to pass knowledge to students, and teachers look to parents to help with the home-school connection and reinforce what students learn in the classroom. In a survey by AVG Technologies, 82 percent of teachers said they think parents rely too much on schools when it comes to educating students about online safety, and 38 percent of teachers also said that their students’ parents don’t know enough about online safety. Read more at

Etiquette for Kids in the Digital Age

Etiquette is a code of behaviour that defines expectations for social behaviour. Children who grow up without learning this important code may not develop important social relationship skills for interacting with others and are at a greater risk of conflict when interacting with their peers.  Teaching etiquette and manners starts at home. Parents should begin working with their children at an early age teaching basic manners such as asking “please” and saying “thank you.” This basic foundation can be expanded upon by choosing the traits you wish to cultivate in your kids. As the qualities of respect, kindness, honesty, self-esteem and thoughtfulness are built, your child will develop a solid character foundation and life-long survival skills. READ MORE about this at

The concept of REPs (Respect, Educate and Protect) is one way to explain as well as teach the themes of  citizenship.  Each area has three topics which can be taught from SK to Grade 12. 

Respect, Educate and Protect (REPs)

Respect Your Self/Respect Others

- Etiquette : electronic standards of conduct or procedure
- Access:  full electronic participation in society
- Law: electronic responsibility for actions and deeds

Educate Your Self/Connect with Others

- Communication: electronic exchange of information
- Literacy: process of teaching and learning about technology and the use of technology
- Commerce: electronic buying and selling of goods

Protect Your Self/Protect Others

-Rights and Responsibility: those freedoms extended to everyone in a digital world
- Safety (Security): electronic precautions to guarantee safety
- Health and Welfare: physical and psychological well-being in a digital technology world


Helpful Links /nét-?-k?t/ Noun: The social code of network communication, network etiquette.   Canada's centre for media and digital literacy  NetSmartz Workshop is an interactive, educational program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) that provides age-appropriate resources to help teach children how to be safer on- and offline. This guide highlights what are the dangers of a child's faces, cyberbullying, sexual predators, and strategies in keeping your family safe online to name a few.

Internet safety tips for parents

Download a brochure on Cyberbullying

Want to stay up-to-date?

New apps (applications) are popping up online all the time.  Are you up to date with the latest apps your children or teens are using on their mobile devices or their computer at home?  Here’s a great resource list of organizations whose information you can use: 

Media Smarts:


Cyber Safety:


Internet Safety for Teens:

Safe Kids:

Safe Teens:

Wired Safety:

Get Net Wise:

Child Net International:

OPP – Cyberbullying: