Reading Review Blog Post 2: Digital Citizenship

For Part B I decided to explore the digital citizenship in more detail with the hopes of piloting a digital citizenship orientation program for a group of grade 8s in my secondary school Library Learning Commons. To find different articles and resources I searched the UBC Library online using the keyword “digital citizenship”. This search brought several useful articles, listed below under References, from a variety of journals. These articles provided valuable information on the definition of digital citizenship (Berman-Dry, 2013), nine core elements of digital citizenship (Ribble, 2008), five obstacles to teaching digital literacy in schools (McRae, 2012), and several free resources, strategies, and websites for teaching digital citizenship (Byrne, 2013).

While useful, many of the articles cited American copyright, privacy laws, and student statistics. To narrow my search I added the keyword “Canada”. This brought up two articles in particular that discussed resources provided by a Canadian not-for-profit group called MediaSmarts (formerly Media Awareness Network) that focuses on digital and media literacy (Johnson, 2012; McRae, 2012). These articles referenced a recent Canadian research study called Young Canadians in a Wired World that “highlighted the gap between what teachers and parents thought children were doing online and what actually were doing” (McRae, 2012, para. 2). The article by Johnson (2012) discusses the online resources for educators and librarians to teach digital literacy through a series of interactive games and videos that simulate difference online environments to present students with different challenges and test their internet literacy skills. I explored their parent website further ( and found that a paid subscription is required for the grades 4-8 simulations called Passport to the Internet. I logged into my Learn Now BC portal ( to investigate what ERAC subscriptions my school district pays for in our Canadian bundle and found access to the program. I played around with the modules and found most of them to be fun, interactive, and age appropriate for my target audience. If I decide to explore a digital citizenship program for grade 8s further, I will definitely spend more time investigating the resources I found in my initial search this week.

Here is a list of the articles I found with a brief summary and links:

Article #1:
Berman-Dry, A. (2013). Making It Personal: A New Approach to Teaching Digital Citizenship. Learning & Leading With Technology, 41(1), 24-26.
This article discusses a grade 6 class in Maryland that implemented a 12 week digital citizenship program focusing on social media/cyberbullying, cellphone use at school, and digital footprints through the use of debate, research, and student reflections posted onto a class wiki (

Article #2:
Byrne, R. (2013). A digital citizenship toolkit. School Library Journal, 59(8), 15. Retrieved from
This article discusses free resources available to educators to teach digital citizenship focusing on safe, responsible use of the Internet and cell phones to become “solid cybercitizens.” Resources highlighted: ,, , , and Google Alerts.
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Article #3:
Johnson, M. (2012). Shaping Digital Citizens: preparing students to work and play in the online world. School Libraries In Canada (17108535), 30(3), 19-22
This article discusses digital literacy and MediaSmarts programs available for addressing these issues ( The author advocates for teaching digital literacy in schools and libraries.

Article #4:
Mcrae, P. (2012, March 27). Digital citizenship, firewalls and the moral compass. ATA News, 46(14), 4. Retrieved January 24, 2015, from CBCA Complete.
This article discusses how young Canadians need to learn digital literacy by referencing a study of students and teachers in Canada called Young Canadians in a Wired World. The article highlighted the teacher’s role and the main obstacles to teaching media literacy.
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Article #5:
Ribble, M. (2008). Passport to Digital Citizenship: Journey Toward Appropriate Technology Use at School and at Home. Learning & Leading With Technology, 36(4), 14-17.
Summary:This article focuses on the legal, social, ethical, and human aspects of digital citizenship by identifying nine elements of digital citizenship (access, commerce, communication, literacy, etiquette, law, rights and responsibilities, health and wellness, and security). It also discusses a four stage cycle of technology implementation for educators.

*Please note: at the time of publishing this post I could not figure out how to preserve proper APA formatting of my references:( Comments on “how to” welcome!



One thought on “Reading Review Blog Post 2: Digital Citizenship

  1. Excellent post with a lot of very good resources and discussion! I was so happy to see you find Media Smarts (A great resource) and then found your way to it through your district ERAC Bundle! Bravo! There is a lot of good stuff in the ERAC bundle and definitely worth exploring more. I also found a quick youtube video from a colleague, Clint Lalonde, on youtube about properly formatting references in a word press blog. Its a little complicated, give it a try, but don’t spend too much time with formatting. Overall, an excellent blog post to help move you along in your inquiry!


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