Digital Etiquette - Kids

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Digital Etiquette - Organizations

American parents and teachers are concerned with improving children’s digital education, teaching about security and digital etiquette — one pillar of digital citizenship. To address this matter, professionals and created entities provide research materials and training spaces. These include non-profit organizations (Center for Cyber Safety and Education, FOSI — Family Online Safety Institute, Common Sense and Help Line For School), companies (Kaspersky Lab.), professionals (Yuhyun Park, Chris McKenna, and Kristen A. Jenson) and organizations (CyberWise and On Guard Online)

Center For Cyber Safety and Education

FOSI — Family Online Safety Institute

  • Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) is a non-profit organization with an international presence. Identifies and disseminates the best digital security initiatives and provides digital citizenship content for parents and guardians.
  • Among its initiatives are reading materials and guidance videos for parents and teachers, conferences, lectures and identification of digital security tools and apps. The main value of FOSI is focused on preventing online risks, but also on promoting the benefits of technology and the internet.
  • The “Good Digital Parenting” project provides audiovisual series on the subject, recent research, and tips on how to deal with new applications that stimulate children’s interest. It also offers a complete kit for the presentation of a workshop on good practices on the internet which can be used by teachers and parents.

Common Sense

  • A non-profit organization based in Los Angeles, Common Sense is dedicated to the well-being of children and adolescents, providing reliable information and education to their tutors.
  • Founded in 2003, it has become a strong regulator of digital entertainment for children with practices stimulating children’s well-being on the internet. It has a training program for teachers who wish to specialize in digital citizenship curriculum, broadcast via Webinar.
  • For parents and teachers, it offers 23 lesson plans on digital security, divided by topics and educational level. They offer free, specialized advice at school’s members and have a program for classifying films and series, called Common Sense Media.

Help Line For School

  • HelpLine For School is a non-profit organization that provides services to U.S. schools. Its goal is to eradicate cyberbullying and other problems resulting from the misuse of social networks, which undermines the school environment.
  • In addition to providing educational materials and advisors for network security issues, the NPO helps in the process of identifying cybernetic crimes that may be happening among students at the school. These services are available for a fee of US $300 a year, per school.
  • The Helpline offers guidance for parents and teachers through content, approaching topics such as best online practices and ways to combat online injury. Emergency channels are also available, with expert help.

Kaspersky Lab.

  • Kaspersky is a global company, operating in the cybersecurity field. Developed Safe Kids, a set of apps that specializes in securing children online. They offer free and paid versions.
  • The set of actions integrates through applications, the children’s cell phones to parents, or guardians. Therefore, the content consumed by the children is controlled. It also triggers automatic blocking of prohibited or unreported content and regulates the time of using games.
  • From an educational point of view, it connects the program to specialists and psychologists who recommend parents on the best parenting attitudes related to the online universe. The company also promotes research that helps parents and teachers to teach their children about online safety.

Yuhyun Park

  • Yuhyun Park publishes the importance of providing tools to ensure safety in the digital environment for the children, so they can enjoy the benefits of the internet. Ph.D. in Biostatistics from Harvard University, she has become an important name in the guidance of parents, teachers, and entities.
  • Park gives lectures to parents and guardians, besides promoting research on the topic. In 2018, she created the “DQ” or Digital Intelligence, an outcome accepted by the OECD as “the global standard for teaching digital literacy”. A diagram, divided by digital skills, which aims to help parents and teachers in guiding the digital universe to children.
  • The DQ explains the importance of digital education, and how the internet can help the evolution of teaching. From that, Park created DQ World — an international platform to encourage teachers and parents to measure the level of digital education of their children and students. It also provides didactic and interactive material.
  • The DG platform also offers advice to tutors on digital security and provides guidance on good digital behavior, and how to discuss the topic with children. Yuhyun Park takes part in events, gives lectures around the world and has videos available on YouTube.

Chris McKenna

  • Chris McKenna is a digital influencer who communicates with parents and teachers on the topics of security and digital citizenship. His first action took place through the Facebook page “Protect Young Eyes”, where he disseminates information and answers all questions from parents.
  • He also leads a website where he disseminates information and research on digital security. He offers downloadable presentations and videos of his lectures.
  • McKenna created the “Fix App Rating”, which monitors applications that do not have correct ratings and indicators. Through the website, he enumerates the errors to help the parents’ guidance. It also uses modern means of communication, such as Spotify, to expand the dissemination of the topic.

Kristen A. Jenson


  • CyberWise is an organization that has brought together resources to support parents who want to teach their children about safe practices on the internet. It has a digital education program for children and young people. They received an "Innovative Program Across the School" award from the Project Tomorrow / OC Tech Awards in 2014.
  • They have videos, free e-books and guide with materials on digital citizenship, available for free. Another initiative of the organization was the creation of games that teach children about good internet habits and digital security, both free.

On Guard Online

  • On Guard Online is an US government initiative to support the teaching of digital security and good use of the internet. It offers educational materials, educational games, and information on cyber scams and crimes.
  • For parents and teachers, there are specific materials. Presentations ready for lectures in schools or communities, pedagogical materials, and tips on dialogues between parents and children. An extensive material folder for teachers with newsletters to be shared on social networks and presented at school meetings.

Research Strategy

To comply with the request, the research team began the research by defining the term “digital etiquette”. Sources (29) showed that “digital etiquette” is one of the key points within the concept of “digital citizenship”. Within the projects and initiatives, it is included in digital citizenship. Therefore, the team looked for initiatives that would help parents and teachers to teach about safety and digital citizenship for children. The research was successful and resulted in 10 examples, including non-profit organizations, companies, professionals and organizations.

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Digital Etiquette - Examples

Five examples of educational materials, courses, resources or toolkits available for parents, teachers and/or educators related to digital etiquette and staying safe online are Childnet International's toolkits, free resourced offered by NetSmartz, Connect Safely's guidelines, Common Sense Education's lesson plans and the FBI's Online Safe Surfing program.

Childnet International Toolkits

NetSmartz Resources

Connect Safely Guides

Common Sense Education Lesson Plans

FBI Online Safe Surfing

  • The FBI offers a program called Safe Online Surfing. This program is aimed at helping teachers educate students on internet safety.
  • The Safe Online Surfing program "teaches young people about web terminology and how to recognize secure and trustworthy sites."
  • The program is for students in the 3rd through 8th grades. Each grade has a specific island for students to visit where they can participate in activities related to online safety. They can then take a test on what they learned.
  • The classes with the top scores each month earn a certificate and a possible in-person visit from a local FBI agent.
  • In order for students to access this program, their teacher needs to sign up.

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