Digital Citizenship @ RMS

  • The RTSD Library Curriculum utilizes research-based lessons adapted from the Common Sense Media ( curriculum.

    Below is a list of lessons covered and related Family Resources for each lesson. Please be sure to review the content and objectives of each lesson in order to continue our Digital Citizenship dialogue at home. The entire Common Sense Education Digital Citizenship Curriuculum can be found by visiting All of the lessons were recently updated to meet the needs of students K-12.

    Commonsense Education offers a variety of Family Engagement Resources to be used in combination with the lessons taught in school. 

    Digital Citizenship Lessons

    Grade 6
    Finding Balance in a Digital World - Students will be able to:

    • Reflect on their common online and offline activities.
    • Analyze and prioritize the activities that are most important to them.
    • Identify ways to "unplug" to maintain balance between online and offline activities

    Finding Credible News - Students will be able to:

    • Learn reasons that people put false or misleading information on the internet.
    • Learn criteria for differentiating fake news from credible news.
    • Practice evaluating the credibility of information they find on the internet.


    Grade 7
    My Media Use: A Personal Challenge - Students will be able to:

    • Make an inventory of their media choices and how those choices make them feel.
    • Brainstorm personal strategies for balancing media use.
    • Create personal guidelines for promoting healthy media balance.

    The Power of Digital Footprints - Students will be able to:

    • Define the term "digital footprint" and explain how it can affect their online privacy.
    • Analyze how different parts of their digital footprints can lead others to draw conclusions -- both positive and negative -- about who they are.
    • Reflect on what they want their digital footprints to be in the future and how they can monitor and shape them.


    Grade 8
    Digital Media and Your Brain  - Students will be able to:

    • Explore ways that different digital media are, and aren't, designed to help them make good media choices.
    • Reflect on how digital media is designed to either help or hinder the addition of meaning and value to their lives.
    • Think about how to develop good, healthy habits when using digital media.


    Social Media and Digital Footprints: Our Responsibilities - Students will be able to:

    • Identify reasons for using social media and the challenges that often come along with it.
    • Reflect on the responsibilities they have that are related to digital footprints -- both their own and others' -- when they're using social media.
    • Identify ways to make the most of social media while still caring for the digital footprints of themselves and others.