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Nick Billowes shared this resource (originally shared by Gerard MacManus, St Bedes College), writing "I expect that you have all seen this in other forums - interesting regarding the 'digital citizenship' thrust".
Having had a quick browse through, while there is an obvious bias to YouTube, there are some useful resources that are likely to kick off some interesting conversations with students (and parents). One of the most obvious points, of course, is that YouTube have developed this resource at all - it is a sign, I hope, that times are changing. There appears to be a growing realisation that locking things down is the equivalent of sticking your thumb in the virtual dam. YouTube has definitely set out to help raise awarness and help users of the Internet develop appropriate skills.


The description from YouTube reads:


We have devised an interactive curriculum aimed to support teachers of secondary students (approximately ages 13-17). The curriculum helps educate students on topics like:

  • YouTube’s policies
  • How to report content on YouTube
  • How to protect their privacy online
  • How to be responsible YouTube community members
  • How to be responsible digital citizens

We hope that students and educators gain useful skills and a holistic understanding about responsible digital citizenship, not only on YouTube, but in all online activity.


Below is a list of lessons, and the recommended flow for delivery. Lessons are designed to fit within 50 minute classes, but can be adapted to fit your schedule:

  1. What Makes YouTube Unique - basic facts and figures (40 minutes)
  2. Detecting Lies - (35 minutes)
  3. Safety Mode - (5 minutes)
  4. Online Reputation and Cyberbullying - (45 minutes)
  5. Policy - The Community Guidelines (30 minutes)
  6. Reporting content - Flagging (20 minutes)
  7. Privacy part 1 - (40 minutes)
  8. Privacy part 2 - (50 minutes)
  9. Copyright - (40 mins)
  10. Additional resources / Appendix including parent resources

You can download the full Teacher’s Guide here.

Introductory video

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Comment by Merryn Dunmill on July 20, 2012 at 11:34

Impressive range of content with a highly attractive, clever intro video to capture the target audiences. WIll recommend this to schools I work with. There is a group of teachers across NZ working on co-constructing their/our own digital citizenship courses that are home grown and reflect our cultures, youth and aspirations. 

Comment by Barry Munro on July 16, 2012 at 10:39

As a constant You Tube user in classes I believe this resource is well overdue. Why hadn't I thought of many of these ideas / problems? Looks like a very good resource on which to develop courses which allow students to become better digital learners. Agree with Clarie's comment below: anyone know of a similar Facebook resource?  Cheers.

Comment by Clarence Yates on July 15, 2012 at 11:35

This initiative by You Tube will no doubt help many teachers and schools who have a fear for using You Tube in schools and class rooms.It is such a great two way resource and out there many teachers and students use it in their learning. Now that BYOD and good wireless is becoming more and more prevalent in schools then a resource like this will help the schools, teachers, students and parents to become more aware. more at ease and responsible digital citizens with using You Tube. The same fears, barriers and misconceptions are faced with using Face Book and the question is does Face Book have something similar? I suppose the stand out word here for me is misconceptions. 

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