Introduction to Digital Citizenship Education (Primary) (online)

As society and technology evolves and the online environment becomes an increasingly integral part of young people’s lives, digital citizenship education plays a vital role. It is more than online safety. It is a way to help young people learn the necessary competences to help them safely and responsibly navigate the online environment. Drawing on lesson resources from Webwise (HTML Heroes, MySelfie and the Wider World) and the Council of Europe (All aboard for Digitown), as well as new videos showcasing teachers’ experiences of teaching digital citizenship, this new online course will help you to understand digital citizenship and show you how to teach and model digital citizenship in your classroom and your school.

Duration20 hours (minimum)
Skill LevelBasic
Target AudienceTeachers of 1st to 6th class
PrerequisitesBasic ICT skills. Participants should have experience of carrying out basic ICT tasks (opening, editing, saving, closing files) and be proficient in using an Internet browser.

Online course availability, requirements and access

Dates and enrolment: This summer course will run twice - one in July (1-20) and once in August (3-19). Enrolment for the July course is closed but the August course is still open for enrolment. Login to with your Scoilnet account to enrol. 

Device:  A laptop, desktop pc or tablet* with the latest version of Chrome, Firefox or Safari installed. A good broadband internet connection is essential. *Most tablet devices work well with our course software but some older devices may not be compatible. Please do not use a smartphone to complete the course.

Software/Apps: While this course is free, the content includes examples of many apps and software titles for the purposes of illustration, some of which involve a cost. 

Learning Outcomes

Participants will be enabled to:

  • Learn about the concept of digital citizenship
  • Support the development of a whole school approach to digital citizenship
  • Recognise how digital citizenship can be embedded in school and classroom practices
  • Enable learners to understand risks and threats in digital environments
  • Enable learners to understand the opportunities of going online and understand the key skills children need to participate safely, ethically and responsibly in digital environments
  • Identify and use relevant digital citizenship resources and materials
  • Create lesson activities to support teaching and learning of digital citizenship.

Course Modules

There are five modules in this course.

  1. Introduction to Digital Citizenship
  2. Being Online (access and inclusion; learning and creativity; media and information literacy)
  3. Wellbeing Online (ethics and emphathy; health and well-being; epresence and communication)
  4. Rights Online (active participation; rights and responsibilities; privacy and security and consumer awareness)
  5. Creating an Action Plan for Digital Citizenship.

The Digital Learning Framework

This course maps to the four domains of the Teaching and Learning dimension of the Digital Learning Framework: Learner Outcomes; Learner Experiences; Teachers’ Individual Practice; Teachers’ Collaborative Practice.

Impact survey and course

Participants enrolling in this course are asked to commit to participating in a follow up (impact) survey and a short course in autumn, on “Using Digital Technologies in the Primary Classroom”, which enables participants to reflect on their practice and share their experiences of implementing learning from the course in their own classrooms with other teachers who completed the summer course.

Important information for participants

A high standard of participant engagement on this course is required for successful completion. This involves communication with both the course e-tutor and fellow course participants as well as completion of several activities. Throughout the course, participants will be required to join in a range of online discussions and complete a number of tasks. These include a lesson outline which incorporates the use of digital technologies in their own classroom and a reflective learning log. Participants are required to meaningfully engage with their e-tutor and other participants in the discussion forums and provide feedback on resources and comments shared by other participants. Throughout the course, participants will maintain a Learning Record which demonstrates their achievement of the course learning outcomes.

Please also note the following three important points:

  • Participants are required to use their name as registered with the Teaching Council
  • Plagiarism will not be tolerated
  • Impersonation is a breach of the terms of service.