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Digital Citizenship Curriculum at KIS



As a 1:1 Apple Distinguished School, Korea International School leverages technology to transform teaching and learning. Technology use in the classroom is also paired with a strong digital citizenship curriculum to teach K-12 students the importance of practicing good digital citizenship in school and at home. 

During the 2021-22 school year, elementary technology coach Stefanie Nitta worked with grade level and specialist teams to purposefully integrate technology into their learning units. With an understanding of the scope of each team’s curriculum, Ms. Nitta began planning how to best incorporate age appropriate digital citizenship lessons. 

Digital citizenship curriculum is essential to child safeguarding. Ms. Nitta believes that children and their parents need to understand and talk about digital citizenship when children begin using technology. EdTech director Mark McElroy agrees. “Students walk around with a computer, phone, and camera on one device that fits in a pocket,” he says, “We need to teach the power and responsibility of using technology.”



KIS digital citizenship curriculum is guided by Common Sense Media, Be Internet Awesome, and the Center for Humane Technology. Topics include:

  • Media balance and wellbeing

  • Privacy and security

  • Digital footprint and identity

  • Relationships and communication

  • Cyberbullying, digital drama, and hate speech

  • News and media literacy

In the elementary school, EdTech coaches collaborate with classroom teachers to introduce main topics which classroom teachers then reinforce through mini-lessons. Middle and high school students have ten lessons scheduled throughout the school year, with the flexibility to revisit certain complex topics. Mr. McElroy sees this as a good start at the secondary level but hopes to further empower teachers to routinely highlight curricular connections to digital citizenship topics.

Digital citizenship is practiced at home too. KIS partners with parents to encourage whole family digital citizenship. KIS aligns parent workshops and school-home communication to student learning so that parents have the knowledge and resources to support and extend the digital citizenship conversation. The digital world is amazing and complicated! Through digital citizenship curriculum and parent partnerships, KIS equips students, staff, and families to develop safe, effective technology use.