Digital Citizenship YouTube style

Nick Billowes shared this resource (originally shared by Gerard MacManus, St Bedes College), writing “I expect that you have all seen this in other forums – interesting regarding the ‘digital citizenship’ thrust”.

Having had a quick browse through, while there is an obvious bias to YouTube, there are some useful resources that are likely to kick off some interesting conversations with students (and parents). One of the most obvious points, of course, is that YouTube have developed this resource at all – it is a sign, I hope, that times are changing. There appears to be a growing realisation that locking things down is the equivalent of sticking your thumb in the virtual dam. YouTube has definitely set out to help raise awarness and help users of the Internet develop appropriate skills.

The description from YouTube reads:


We have devised an interactive curriculum aimed to support teachers of secondary students (approximately ages 13-17). The curriculum helps educate students on topics like:

  • YouTube’s policies
  • How to report content on YouTube
  • How to protect their privacy online
  • How to be responsible YouTube community members
  • How to be responsible digital citizens

We hope that students and educators gain useful skills and a holistic understanding about responsible digital citizenship, not only on YouTube, but in all online activity.


Below is a list of lessons, and the recommended flow for delivery. Lessons are designed to fit within 50 minute classes, but can be adapted to fit your schedule:

  1. What Makes YouTube Unique – basic facts and figures (40 minutes)
  2. Detecting Lies – (35 minutes)
  3. Safety Mode – (5 minutes)
  4. Online Reputation and Cyberbullying – (45 minutes)
  5. Policy – The Community Guidelines (30 minutes)
  6. Reporting content – Flagging (20 minutes)
  7. Privacy part 1 – (40 minutes)
  8. Privacy part 2 – (50 minutes)
  9. Copyright – (40 mins)
  10. Additional resources / Appendix including parent resources

You can download the full Teacher’s Guide here.

About ictenhancedlearningandteaching

I am a director and consultant at Ethos Consultancy NZ ( I have a keen interest in all aspects of ICT Enhanced Learning and Teaching (ICTELT) where the focus lies on ways of scaffolding and empowering learners. In particular, I am interested in the way that creative, blended approached to Academic Professional Development can create trust, rapport and encourage reflective practice. As such, ICTELT is approached from facilitation, design, evaluation and assessment as opposed to the tools and what they can offer. I am a strong advocate of the potential of Web 2.0 to empower learners from all walks of life and cultures, especially after my experiences working for 6 years in the Middle East. In particular, I am interested how ePortfolios can be used in the VET sector (especially where Literacy and Language challenges are faced), in Recognition of Prior Learning, and in authentic, applied assessment. I have been involved with designing and developing ICTELT approaches and programmes for ten years. Following research informed approaches and design, I apply a qualitative, iterative process to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions, programmes and tools, encouraging learners' voices and input from all stakeholders.
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