Resources for Parents

Click to see an overview of the RCPS Digital Citizenship Curriculum.




Living in the Digital World: Resources and Information for RCPS Parents

Collection of resources gathered by RCPS ITRTs to provide basic information to parents about social media, internet safety, digital footprint, and copyright.

My kid has a Chromebook.

Now what?

Presentation provided by RCPS ITRTs to parents in preparation of Chromebook deployment.

Common Sense Media

This is a great place to start for all kinds of resources and guidelines relating to the digital world.

Digital Glossary

Not sure how to decode your teens’ shorthand in the digital world? Find the answers here.  TTYL

16 Apps and Websites Kids are Heading to After Facebook

Common Sense Media resource that provides an overview of popular social networking apps for students, including what to be aware of on each.

The Whole Picture of Health: A Wellness and Nutrition Initiative

This site focuses on practices that improve the health and wellness of kids.

Talking to Kids about Creating a Positive Digital Footprint

Ways you can talk to your children about the digital footprint they are creating.

Your Child’s Digital Footprint

Ways to shrink your child’s digital footprint.

Your Child’s Digital Footprint and Positive Presence Online

Digital citizenship helps for parents

Effective Study Environments

This is a great article about things to consider for study environments.

 Family Online Safety Institute

Working to make the online world safer for kids and their families through enlightened public policy, industry best practice and good digital parenting.

Additional Resources for Teachers

Information and Lessons

Digital Glossary

Definitions of digital terms from Common Sense Media.

Digital Glossary (Spanish)

Definitions of terms relating to Digital Citizenship from Digital ID.


Website that provides advice and resources about social networking and cyberbullying.

InCtrl Digital Citizenship Lessons

Website with lessons on digital citizenship, privacy, media literacy, cyberbullying, ethics, copyright, and information literacy.

Mike Ribble’s Digital Citizenship Website

Contains links to many resources and activities from Mike Ribble’s Digital Citizenship in Schools handbook.

Copyright Friendly Toolkit

Explanation of Creative Commons, how to find Creative Commons content, and a listing of sites to find free images and videos from

Stay Safe Online

Online safety lessons for grades K-12.

Teaching Copyright

Copyright lessons for  middle school/high school students.

Plagiarism Information

Website which provides information about how to avoid plagiarism, how to cite sources, quote information, paraphrase, and more.

Fair Use

Explanation of Fair Use from the U.S. Copyright Office

Fair Use

Educational Fair Use Flowchart for Teachers

Fair Use Information from Vimeo

Great explanation of fair use provided by Vimeo.

Fair Use/Copyright Poster

Poster created by RCPS to help teachers and students understand  how to avoid copyright infringement and when fair use might be applicable.

Common Sense Media

Website containing the original and full lessons used to develop the RCPS Digital Citizenship curriculum.

Discovery Education

Modules about cybersafety, cyberethics and cybersecurity.


Digital literacy and citizenship curriculum developed by Google and iKeepSafe.

Digital Passport (Common Sense Media)

Lessons related to digital safety, respect, and community including web-based games and videos (best suited for 3rd-5th graders).

Giving Credit

Explanation from OWL Purdue Online Writing Lab of when to give credit.


Webonauts Game

“Webonauts Internet Academy is a web original game for PBS KIDS GO! that gives kids 8- to 10-year-old an opportunity to have some fun while exploring what it means to be a citizen in a web-infused‚ information-rich world” (

Safety Land Game

In this game, students are faced with various dangerous questions associated with the internet, and when answers are correct,  the cyber criminal is captured (upper elementary/middle school).

FBI Cyber Surf Islands 

Friend Finder 

Invasion of the Wireless Hackers 

Games from covering staying safe online, making friends online, and creating security questions to prevent hacking.


Comic Book Capers

Game which leads players through a series of questions to help keep the Gizmo family safe online. Recommended for ages 6+.

Game Collection

Various games from covering topics such as online privacy, making friends online, online shopping, and more.


iKeepSafe Quick Tip Videos

Videos covering sexting, facebook, digital drama, detecting cyber incidents, and more


Videos and activities on topics such as blogs, copyright, cyberbullying, digital etiquette, information privacy, internet search, media literacy, online safety, and more.

YouTube Curriculum

Videos covering topics such as staying safe online, cyber tricks, posting online, copyright, and more.

Crash Course Videos-Intellectual Property

Videos covering related topics including introduction to intellectual property, copyright basics, and fair use.

Video Collection

Videos from covering topics such as staying safe online, computer security, and sharing information.

Model Lessons

Series of Videos of Model Lessons

Videos cover digital footprint, online privacy, online talk, cyberbullying, research skills, and more. Scroll down below article to lesson clips (titles are red).

Model Lesson on Sexting

Sample lesson for high school being taught by librarian.