10 Interactive Lessons By Google On Digital Citizenship

YouTube has a firm place in the current classroom. From Khan Academy’s videos to YouTube EDU and beyond, there’s a reason all these videos are finding a home in schools. In an effort to help keep the ball rolling, Google just launched a set of 10 interactive lessons designed to support teachers in educating students on digital citizenship. A topic obviously quite close to Google’s heart.

Google (which owns YouTube) built the lessons to educate students about YouTube’s policies, how to flag content, how to be a safer online citizen, and protect their identities.

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) – Teacher’s Guide Lesson 1,Slides Lesson 1
  2. Detecting Lies – (35 minutes) – Teacher’s Guide Lesson 2, Slides Lesson 2
  3. Safety Mode – (5 minutes) – Teacher’s Guide Lesson 3, Slides Lesson 3
  4. Online Reputation and Cyberbullying – (45 minutes) – Teacher’s Guide Lesson 4, Slides Lesson 4
  5. Policy – The Community Guidelines (20 minutes) – Teacher’s Guide Lesson 5, Slides Lesson 5
  6. Reporting content – Flagging (20 minutes) – Teacher’s Guide Lesson 6, Slides Lesson 6
  7. Privacy part 1 – (40 minutes) – Teacher’s Guide Lesson 7, Slides Lesson 7
  8. Privacy part 2 – (50 minutes) – Teacher’s Guide Lesson 8, Slides Lesson 8
  9. Copyright – (40 mins) – Teacher’s Guide Lesson 9, Slides Lesson 9
  10. Additional resources/Appendix including parent resources Teacher’s Guide Additional Materials, Slides Additional Materials

Or you can download the Full Teacher’s Guide or the Full Set of Slides in PDF.

The killer feature for this curriculum is the extra features that come with each video. There are slides perfect for presentations, guidelines for teachers, and even an entire YouTube channel of related videos that should be of interest to anyone looking to teach about digital citizenship.


  1. Jule Barta

    July 23, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    This great. Sadly youtube is blocked at all of our schools but I like that Google was created the lesson plans and slides.

  2. Linda Ray

    July 26, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Great job putting this together. I am teaching 5 different technology classes and plan to use this for every one. Even though YouTube is blocked in our school, by downloading the videos now, I can still use the full content during the school year. Thanks for saving me hours and hours of work.

  3. AC

    July 28, 2012 at 12:34 am

    11) JavaScript is absolutely required for everything, all them time. Cookies, too – because Google is stalking you.

  4. Nava Gilad

    August 19, 2012 at 4:35 am

    great guide for teachers & youth concerning youtube use. I would like to see more positive ideas for using social netwprks including youtube dealing with rights and responsibilities in order to empower leadership and social activism