We Love This Digital Citizenship Activity 

We can’t wait to hear about the discussions that ensue after your class reads this issue’s paired text “Could You Become A Mean Meme?” The articles take a timely look at online behavior and privacy. After reading the articles, use the essential questions below to kick off a class discussion. Then have students play Common Sense Media’s Digital Compass game, which invites students to explore how our digital decisions can affect our relationships. Students can then create posters about how to be a good digital citizen.


Essential Questions:

  • What is digital identity?
  • How does social media affect our lives?
  • What does it mean to grow up in a digital age?


Create a poster about how to be a good digital citizen.

1. In pairs, have students explore the Digital Compass. Students will be invited to explore various characters’ digital dilemmas and then test out possible solutions in an animated, choose-your-own-adventure-style game. We suggest that students explore the stories “Me! Me! Meme!” or “Insta-slammed," as they connect well to the articles and students will likely find them relevant to their own lives. (We also recommend you play these games yourself before sharing with students to make sure they are a good classroom fit.)

2. Have students create a poster that gives other students advice on how to be a good digital citizen. They should draw on information from “Could You Become A Mean Meme?", Digital Compass, and students' own personal experiences.

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