Grand Erie District School BoardCODE OF DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP“Protect and Respect”Responsible Actions in a Digital World






  • I will not post information online that will put myself or others at risk.
  • I will report any online attacks or inappropriate behaviour directed at myself or others.
  • I will protect myself, my passwords and my resources.
  • I will protect others by not forwarding inappropriate communications or materials.
  • I will refrain from pirating or distributing digital resources that aren’t free or don’t belong to me.
  • I will verify the accuracy of online information.
  • I will give thoughtful consideration as to what personal information about my life, experiences and relationships I post.
  • I will respect myself and others through my online actions and responses.
  • I will not use electronic media to insult, bully, harass or stalk other people.
  • I will not visit sites that are inappropriate.
  • I will request permission to use online resources when necessary and cite all references to websites, books, media, etc.
  • I will respect all equipment and all resources available to me.

Grand Erie is in the process of documenting what Digital Citizenship means for our students and educators. This page will be updated accordingly.

"Digital citizenship isn't just about recognizing and dealing with online hazards. It's about building safe spaces and communities, [having students] understand how to manage personal information, and about being Internet savvy-- using your online presence to grow and shape your world in a safe, creative way, and inspiring others to do the same." is a web resource that provides the most up-to-date youth Internet safety guides, news and media to educators and parents.

ConnectED is a web-based resource that focuses on the development of the fundamental problem solving and decision making skills that will enable students to ethically apply internet safety rules as they make informed decisions online in a way that replicates the decisions they would make in real life. Implementation is being made part of Grand Erie DSB's System Standards for Grades 4 to 6.

Kids in the Know is an interactive safety education program for increasing the personal safety of children and reducing their risk of sexual exploitation. is another GREAT web resource to help our students become good Digital Citizens. Their mission is to help educate children and families so they can thrive in a world of media and technology.
CLICK HERE for access to K-12 curriculum ideas that will help you teach your students about Digital Citizenship.
Note: when you try to download your first lesson, you will be prompted to create an account. It's free and easy!
We recommend trying Unit 1: Digital Life with your class to help introduce students to the concept of Digital Citizenship and explore the role that digital media plays in their lives and in society.

Ontario College of Teachers released their "Professional Advisory on the Use of Electronic Communication and Social Media."

The essential message of this advisory is to represent ourselves in social media the same way we would in person. Following is the video that OCT released with the advisory:

Videotaping in the Classroom - Advice to Members
April 2014

Student Consent Forms
The following documents include a Memo to administrators about the new Freedom of Information (FOI) Parent Information Sheet and subsequent revisions to the GEDSB Student Registration Forms. Please read through these forms and check to see which students in your class have been recorded as "NO" or "YES" for posting pictures, videos, etc of students online.
Note: See the last section of the Student Registration Form for this info (bottom of the 2nd page).