27 Power Verbs to Promote Digital Citizenship

27 Power Verbs to Promote Digital Citizenship

The Basics Of Digital Citizenship: 27 Power Verbs to Guide Children Online

by TeachThought Staff

How can you promote digital citizenship in students?

We’ve offered that the definition of digital citizenship can be thought of as, roughly, “The quality of habits, actions, and consumption patterns that impact the ecology of digital content and communities.” In short, citizenship online and offline is very similar. It boils down to treating people and places with the respect and care required to help them thrive.

But of course, there are some differences between digital and physical spaces, and in the infographic below, Mia MacMeekin provides 27 tips to help children (and adults) practice quality digital citizenship habits.

The Basics Of Digital Citizenship: 27 Power Verbs to Guide Children Online


Use technology to gather information, communicate, or just have fun.

2. Engage

Engage in the world through social media. Crowdsource! Inquire! For further reading, you can find ways to use twitter for critical thinking.

3. Respect

Respect others’ point of view online. Accept what they say as meaningful and then explain why you disagree.

4. Give

Give the author/creator credit for any work you use, remix, or repurpose.

5. Voice

Respectfully voice your opinion through a technological venue.

6. Sift

Sift through the resources you have gathered online.

7. Seek

Find different voices and points of view on a topic.

8. Include

Include all who wish to join and invite others whose participation could be valuable.

9. Listen

Listen to what others are saying. Engage in active listening techniques.

10. Research

Research a topic using a variety of credible media sources and formats.

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11. Credibility

Determine if the source is credible–and by whose standard.

12. Master

Master the use of prevailing locally available technology, from hardware to software, mobile and wearable technology to online and offline devices and data sources.

13. Create

Create a blog, social media profile, website, YouTube channel, public or private group, Reddit profile, etc–then contribute to that ‘creation’/platform in a meaningful way.

14. Participate

Participate in other cultures through digital platforms–and do so with empathy and understanding.

15. Stand

Stand up against bullying and injustice when it’s clear and you feel safe and empowered to do so.

16. Disseminate

Disseminate useful and credible information.

17. Network

Network with experts in the field. Skype with experts, for example. Bring experts to the classroom through a digital medium.

18. Identify

Be diligent–identify scams, misinformation, spam sources, toxic people/communities, and other places and people to avoid.

19. Cross-Reference

Cross-reference all sources. Verify form more than one additional source is possible.

20. Use

Use caution when talking to people you don’t know.

21. Maintain

Maintain your privacy. Do not share personal or private information unless the context calls for it–and then do what you can to check the security of the storage of any information you divulge.

22. Set

Use privacy settings like double log-in verification, then recheck them at least twice a year.

23. Limit

Limit your screen time, social media exposure, and monitor your thinking and perception to limit how ‘digitally-sourced’ your sense of self and reality becomes.

24. Talk

Talk to someone–a trustworthy adult, ideally–if you meet someone online or you read something that disturbs you.

25. Utilize

Utilize proper online manners, norms, common sense, and general ‘human’ etiquette.

26. Access

Only access the technology when you are supposed to. Ground rules may need to be set.

27. Explore

Explore what other students are doing around the world. Have fun and embrace the possibilities technology allows.

27 Power Verbs to Promote Digital Citizenship

27 Power Verbs to Promote Digital Citizenship infographic