Digital Citizenship

Teachers can access the Digital Citizenship curriculum
through the PUSD Learning Center in Canvas.

What is Digital Citizenship?

Digital citizenship is the responsible use of technology to learn, create, and participate. This includes the quality of habits, actions, and consumption patterns that impact the ecology of digital content and communities.

PUSD Digital Citizenship Commitment

Our students will inherit a world that is exponentially more digital than the one in which we live today. To prepare our students, we must ensure they develop skills that include the ability to collaborate with others, think critically, communicate effectively, and adapt to a changing world landscape. To develop these skills, they will need access to a wide range of learning opportunities.  Poway Unified School District is committed to providing teaching and learning experiences that evolve along with the most current tools, resources, and skill sets. We want to ensure all of our students can reach their full potential.
  • Provide Digital Citizenship curriculum for all students and teachers (K-12)
  • Support administrators with site level implementation of Digital Citizenship curriculum
  • Pursue Districtwide Digital Citizenship Certification
  • Students and all PUSD staff participate in a Digital Citizenship curriculum with ongoing expectations for responsible and safe online behavior (K-12)

Digital Citizenship Curriculum

Poway Unified has adopted the Common Sense Media Digital Citizenship Curriculum. This is a free, research-based, K-12 online curriculum that prepares students to make smart choices online, giving them the skills they need to succeed as digital learners, leaders, and citizens.

There are multiple lessons for each grade level, with a focus around the following topics:

Each lesson consists of:
  • Correlated Google Slides
  • CCSS alignment
  • Student handout(s)
  • Assessment(s)
  • Family engagment resources
  • Video and/or hands on learning activities

PUSD Technology Scope & Sequence: Digital Citizenship

Student Standards
Alignment CCSS TK-K 1 2 3 4 5 6-8 9-12
Comply with District Acceptable Use policy, school and/or classroom rules regarding responsible use of computers/devices and networks including but not limited to ethical use, cyberbullying, privacy, plagiarism, spam, viruses, hacking and file sharing.
  • Digital Citizen
Explain the possible social, emotional, and physical consequences of inappropriate use, including personal safety
  • Digital Citizen
  • Creative Communicator
  I/I R R R R R M M
Identify cyberbullying activity and describe strategies to deal with such situations
  • Digital Citizen
  I/I R R R R R R M
Explain and demonstrate strategies for managing privacy and personal user account information (passwords, personal information, avatars)  
  • Digital Citizen
  I/I R R R R M M M
Demonstrate safe and responsible use of communication tools (inbox, email, chat tools within District provided systems)
  • Digital Citizen
    I I R M M M M
Recognize, model, and use appropriate academic language and tone when participating in online learning environments (e.g., post, thread, intranet, discussion forum, dropbox, account, and password)
  • Digital Citizen
  • Creative Communicator
  • Global Collaborator
CCSS L.6   I I R R M M M
Demonstrate ability to analyze and explain how media and technology can be used to distort, exaggerate, and misrepresent information.
  • Digital Citizen
  • Creative Communicator
      I I R R M
Explains Fair Use Guidelines for the use of copyrighted materials, (e.g., text, images, music, video in student projects) and giving credit to media creators
  • Digital Citizen
    I R R R R R M
Access and use materials which are licensed under Creative Commons
  • Digital Citizen
        I R R R M
Correctly assigns creative commons licensing attributes to their personal intellectual property when publishing
  • Digital Citizen
          I I R M/IU
Develop and use guidelines to evaluate the content, organization, design, use of citations, and presentation of technologically enhanced projects. 
  • Digital Citizen
  • Knowledge Constructor
  • Creative Communicator
CCSS SL.5       I R R R M
I = Introduce concept/skill ~ R = Reinforce to expand ~ M = Mastery  ~ IU = Independent Use

Link to full Scope & Sequence

Family Resources

  • Digital Citizenship Resources for families includes Family Tips and Family Activities, covering all six curriculum topics and are available in English and Spanish.

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