Dialog is “a meaningful exchange of perceptions in a non-threatening environment.”* The following is a list of good discussion questions relating to digital citizenship. Please use these questions to start conversations with others! If you do, please let us know by filling out this form! Feel free to use these resources with for similar events you organize/host. Also check out Common Sense Media’s “Connecting Families” program.

Slides from the April 10, 2018 presentation “Digital Citizenship Conversations with Parents and Kids” are available. This session was for parents of PreK through 4th grade students, and was also attended by 3rd and 4th graders.

Slides from the February 7, 2018, presentation “Digital Citizenship Conversations with Parents and Kids” are available. This session was for parents of kids of all ages, but was attended primarily by students in 5th and 6th grades.

In situations involving digital media and screens:

  1. Character Education / Ethics
    1. When do you stand up to peers?
    2. When do you get an adult involved?
    3. How do we teach and encourage empathy?
  2. Self-regulation, health and wellness:
    1. How do you decide a screen experience is not healthy for you?
    2. How do you evaluate if a movie or video is appropriate for you to watch?
    3. What is your favorite Netflix series to watch? (or Amazon Prime / Hulu / etc.)
    4. Is it possible to be overly-focused on getting “likes” on social media? (Share a story or example)
  3. Privacy
    1. Should their be limits on teen privacy?
    2. Why do some people choose to block ad trackers? (Using tools like Privacy Badger)
  4. Information Literacy
    1. Who are your primary social media influencers?
    2. What is disclosure on social media posts and why is it important?
    3. What kinds of beliefs and actions do social media “influencers” encourage you to have and do?
  5. Safety and Sharing
    1. When is it OK to share an account login (userID and password) with someone else, and when is it NOT OK?
    2. What is your best password advice for others?
    3. What do you love to share and see others share online?
    4. What examples of “over-sharing” on social media have you seen?
    5. How do you personally avoid over-sharing?
  6. Copyright / Intellectual Property / Attribution:
    1. Why is it important to give credit (attribution) to others?
    2. How does YouTube handle the use of copyrighted music in videos?
  7. Screen Time
    1. What limits do y0u have or set for your personal screen time use?
    2. What screen activities do you find most addicting?
    3. How do you limit digital distractions and interruptions when doing demanding work?

What additional questions should be added?


* Glenn, H. Stephen, and Jane Nelsen Ed.D. 2000. Raising Self-Reliant Children in a Self-Indulgent World: Seven Building Blocks for Developing Capable Young People. 10th Anniversary ed. edition. Roseville, Calif: Harmony.

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