Digital Citizenship is a broad term that not only covers SAFETY when researching online, but also copyright/fair use.

Here are some recommendations:

  1. Students in elementary school should not be “Googling” for information, but should be using “Safe Search Engines,” such as the following:

Kids Info Bits
Ivy's Safe Searches
Awesome Library

  1. Students should refrain from copying/pasting images from websites that do not expressly give permission for use. The following article gives you 10 sites that are copyright friendly for use in student work:
‍Safe Resources:
Safe Searches for Kids-
Weather Kids-
Kids Infobits-
Ivy's Search Engine Resources-
  • ‍‍Web Guides for Kids
  • - and what they offer -

‍‍Safe Search Engines:

ALA Great Web Site for Kids
Ask Jeeves
Cyber Sleuths
Use these resources to help you with any of your projects.
Resources for images & graphics:

I do NOT recommend allowing kids to go onto the Creative Commons site—it is NOT filtered for content!!

  1. For more detailed information about copyright/fair use laws, please refer to the following article:

Media Center sites:

Prescreened, safe educational videos and stories that can be read to students if needed.

Show a video from YouTube without showing the surrounding ads or comments.

National archives: primary sources and information

Time Maps (interactive historical timelines)

Collaboratively record, discover and share history.

Reading Strategies