Google Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum

At Google we believe in the power of education and the promise of technology to improve the lives of students and educators -- leading the way for a new generation of learning in the classroom and beyond.

But no matter what subject you teach, it is important for your students to know how to think critically and evaluate online sources, understand how to protect themselves from online threats from bullies to scammers, and to think before they share and be good digital citizens.

Google has partnered with child safety experts at iKeepSafe, and also worked with educators themselves to develop lessons that will work in the classroom, are appropriate for kids, and incorporate some of the best advice and tips that Google's security team has to offer.

  • Class 1: Become an Online Sleuth
    • In this class, students will identify guidelines for evaluating the credibility of content online.
    • Students will be able to answer the essential question: Why is it important to be alert and check sources while exploring online?
    • This class includes pre and post-assessments and several activities for students.
  • Class 2: Manage your Digital Footprint
    • Students will be empowered with the information to make safe and appropriate decisions online by learning the importance of online citizenship, how to manage and create a positive reputation online and how to always explore the Internet and other digital communication in a safe manner.
    • This class is divided into three lessons: Protect Your Stuff, Be Respectful to Yourself and Others, and “Street Smart”.
    • Each lesson includes pre and post-assessments, guidelines, and several fun activities for students.
  • Class 3: Identify Tricks and Scams Online
    • In this lesson, students will learn how to avoid online tricks and scams, and learn best practices of how to conduct themselves online.
    • Students will be able to answer the essential question: How do I protect myself against online tricks?
    • This class includes pre and post-assessments, tips on spotting scams, and an activity to reinforce guidelines on avoiding scams and cyber tricks.

We are always looking to improve these classes. Please fill out this feedback form to help us make the curricula even better.

Technology is not a means to an end, but it can dramatically improve the lives of students and educators. Working together, we are committed to supporting education and educators, as well as keeping users of all kinds safe online.