What is Digital Citizenship and How to Teach it (Post Primary) (online)

The aim of this course is to provide teachers with the knowledge, resources and confidence to teach digital citizenship and to empower their students to be safe, ethical and responsible online. Developed with Webwise and drawing on relevant online safety resources and activities from Webwise, participants will explore what it means to be a good digital citizen and identify opportunities for the teaching and learning of one or more of the 10 domains of digital citizenship in their specific subjects. Topics explored include online wellbeing, news and information literacy, privacy, communication, ethics, empathy and more. The course contains new good practice videos filmed in three post primary schools and makes specific links to SPHE, CSPE and the Digital Media Literacy short course.

Duration2 hours
Skill LevelBasic
Target AudiencePost primary teachers who want to include digital citizenship education in their implementation of SPHE, CSPE, Digital Media Literacy or a TY module.

Online course availability, requirements and access

The course is delivered via TeacherCPD.ie. First, check the TeacherCPD.ie Course Schedule for information on available dates. Enrolment links appear on TeacherCPD.ie once the course is open for enrolment (login first, then see the link labelled “Find links to enrol, here”).

Technical Requirements: A good broadband internet connection and a laptop, desktop pc or tablet (with the latest version of Chrome, Firefox or Safari installed).
Title: What is Digital Citizenship and how to teach it

Learning Outcomes

Participants will be enabled to:

  • Learn about the concept of digital citizenship
  • Explore the three aspects of online life (being online, wellbeing online and rights online)
  • Recognise the importance of teaching digital citizenship
  • Identify opportunities to teach digital citizenship within their subject, specifically focusing on
    • media literacy and problems of false information
    • managing your online wellbeing
    • rights and responsibilities
  • Identify and use relevant internet safety resources and materials


Course Content

There are four modules in this course:

1. Introduction to Digital Citizenship Education

An introduction to digital citizenship education, what it is and why it is important. This module also provides ideas on how it can be integrated into classroom practice as well as signposting specific supports available to teachers.

2. Being Online

Module 2 explores the Being Online theme which encompasses: access and inclusion, learning and creativity and media and information literacy. It will look at the area of media and literacy as the key digital citizenship competence within this theme.

3. Wellbeing Online

Module 3 provides an overview of the Wellbeing Online theme which encompasses: ethics & empathy, health and wellbeing and epresence and communications. It will focus on managing your online wellbeing as the key digital citizenship competence within this theme.

4. Rights Online and Next Steps

Module 4 will provide an overview of the Rights Online theme, encompassing: active participation, rights and responsibilities, privacy and security, and consumer awareness. It will focus on rights and responsibilities as the key digital citizenship competence within this theme. In Module 4 participants will learn about other supports and resources to help plan their next steps with integrating digital citizenship in the post primary classroom.