Understandings: The Internet is like being out in a public place. Just like you are cautious about strangers in public, you should be cautious about strangers on the Internet.
Essential Questions: How can the Internet be used? Why do we need rules for using the Internet and technology devices? What are our school rules for using technology and the internet?


Understandings: Our school has rules and guidelines to keep you safe when you use the Internet.
Essential Questions: How can someone be bullied on the internet? What are our school rules for using technology and the internet?


Understandings: Not all websites are appropriate for all users.
Essential Questions: How does cyber-bullying make other people feel? How can you tell if a website is appropriate? (e.g. Does the website have content for older kids/adults? Does being on the website make you uncomfortable? Does the website have appropriate words?)


Understandings: Your personal information should not be shared online. When you use other people’s digital work, you need to give them credit.
Essential Questions: What information should be kept private? When is it appropriate to share personal information, and with whom? What are the ways that websites get your personal information online? What do you do if you or someone you know is being cyber-bullied? When do you need to give credit to a source?


Understandings: You have a responsibility to keep your and other people’s information private, because there are risks when you communicate online. There are risks as well as benefits when you purchase anything online.
Essential Questions: What is considered private information (personal or someone else’s) online? What are the ways that people try to get your personal information from you online? What are the guidelines for spending money online? What are the risks of spending money online?


Understandings: How you behave online shows others what is acceptable; you can lead by example, and by advocating for civic and social responsibility online. Online communication can be risky.
Essential Questions: What is digital citizenship? What are appropriate reactions that each role (target, bystander, upstander) employs in a cyber-bullying situation? How can you respond when someone asks for your personal information online?


Understandings: There are ethical ways to use other people’s digital work.  Misusing other people’s work has consequences.
Essential Questions: What kinds of information should I not be sharing about myself or others online? How do copyright and Fair Use apply to internet users? How does copyright and Fair Use apply to internet users? When do you need to cite sources?


Understandings: You have responsibilities, and you take risks whenever you use a personal digital device. There are different expectations for you when you use your personal digital device in different situations, times, and places.
Essential Questions: How is it safe and appropriate to use digital devices at school, home, workplace, and community events? (e.g. How does the school district’s social media policy apply to the communications I have online? How does the school’s BYOD policy affect my use of digital equipment on campus?) What kinds of conflicts occur digitally?  What are the best ways to respond when conflicts happen?


Understandings: Purchasing items and downloading content online has risks and benefits, and not all websites or services are ethical, or can be trusted with your money or personal information. Just because you can download something for free does not mean that it is legal or ethical.
Essential Questions: How can I best make safe and economical purchases online? What are the consequences of downloading pirated music, video, or information? To what extent are things “free” on the Internet?


Understandings: If you post information online, you no longer control it; it goes everywhere and lasts forever. There are steps you can take to keep your private information safe.
Essential Questions: How is cyberbullying different from other forms of harassment? What is good to share online? What is a good password?


Understandings: How you choose to represent yourself online matters. Conducting a personal relationship digitally exposes you to risk.
Essential Questions: What are risky digital behaviors within a relationship? What do you need to do to create a healthy digital presence?


Understandings: Future social, academic, and work contacts will use information about you online to make decisions. You can monitor your digital footprint. You can be a leader online regardless of your age.
Essential Questions: What can we do to make CFSD a safe digital community for all students and adults? What does it mean to be a good digital citizen?


Understandings: You will be exposed to conflicting interests digitally outside of school.  You can be proactive about how your respond to conflict, and what information you let others have about you.
Essential Questions: How can you avoid or stop bullying if it happens outside the school context, in the adult world? Who collects your data and why? When is it wise to trade your information for services online?


Kindergarten through Twelfth Grade

The safety and security of students while online is a high priority in CFSD. Education and supervision are the most important things we can do to protect our students. All students in CFSD receive instruction on how to protect and conduct themselves responsibly when using online/digital resources. The majority of instruction is provided by classroom teachers and the Curriculum Technology Integrators (CTIs), although all staff is responsible for supervising and teaching the important topics around Internet safety.

Digital Citizenship focuses on both appropriate and responsible use of technology. Two of the key concepts of digital citizenship are Internet Safety and Cyber-bullying. The need to talk about digital citizenship in CFSD has expanded with the inclusion of BYOD, social media, and the ever-expanding use of the Internet as an educational resource for learning. To this end, the Catalina Foothills School District has developed a comprehensive K-12 curriculum around digital citizenship with specific understandings about Internet safety and an emphasis on prevention of Cyber-bullying at each grade level.