New White Paper “Digital Citizenship: a Holistic Primer” released at Digital Citizenship Summit 2016 at the Twitter Headquarters

The paper, produced by Impero and the Digital Citizenship Institute, takes an in-depth look at educating children on living in a digital world and offers guidance for schools

Simi Valley, CA – Oct 28, 2016 – Impero Software and the Digital Citizenship Institute today announced the release of a white paper to help schools understand and effectively teach digital citizenship. The whitepaper, Digital Citizenship: a Holistic Primer was released during the Digital Citizenship Summit 2016 in San Francisco. It can be downloaded here:

The white paper is authored by Dr. Marialice B.F.X. Curran, founder and CEO of the Digital Citizenship Institute; Dr. Jason Ohler, author, speaker and Professor Emeritus of Educational Technology and Virtual Learning at Fielding Graduate University; and Dr. Mike Ribble, presenter, consultant, and Director of Technology for the Manhattan-Ogden School District in Kansas, and author of Digital Citizenship in Schools, 3rd Edition. Digital Citizenship: a Holistic Primer defines digital citizenship, describes its important role in education today and in the future, and offers specific examples of schools and colleges that are teaching it well.

“Digital citizenship reflects our quest to help students, as well as ourselves, develop the skills and perspectives necessary to live a digital lifestyle that is safe, savvy, and ethical, as well as inspired, innovative and involved,” said Marialice B.F.X. Curran, one of the white paper authors. “We want all students to be able to assume the roles of researcher, participant and leader as they build communities that effectively span their real and online worlds. Our ultimate hope is that students will use social media for social good.”

Digital Citizenship refers to the ethics, concerns and opportunities associated with living a digital lifestyle. This begins with the need to educate children about the dangers that exist online such as identity theft, sexting, and cyberbullying and extends into the positive and practical application of social media and technology as a whole.

Digital Citizenship: a Holistic Primer breaks down digital citizenship into three core themes – respect, educate and protect, and provides six elements for each such as digital law, digital literacy and digital security. It discusses how schools can approach the issue of Internet access such as monitoring, filtering or blocking Internet use and handling of BYOD initiatives. It offers guidance on what schools should consider when creating a digital citizenship plan and lists classroom examples from educators in elementary, middle and high school and college.

A Digital Citizenship: A Holistic Primer is a collaborative effort between the Digital Citizenship Institute and Impero Software, a leading remote monitoring and management software provider.

The Digital Citizenship Institute partners with districts, schools and organizations to provide a community-driven approach to digital citizenship and develops solutions for schools and communities.

Impero’s Education Pro software monitors students’ online activity on the school network and alerts educators if students use keywords that could indicate issues such as cyberbullying, sexting, radicalization, or self-harm.

“Digital citizenship is critically important in today’s always-online world,” said Sam Pemberton, CEO of Impero Software. “We recommend that schools be proactive in discussing digital citizenship and implementing policies, tools, curriculum and partnerships to ensure students can successfully navigate an increasingly complex digital world. We are pleased to partner with the Digital Citizenship Institute on this white paper and hope it will be a valuable resource to schools throughout the country.”


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Impero Software KEH Communications

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About Impero Software

Impero Software is relied upon by education establishments around the world. Founded in 2002, it is currently accessed via one million computers in over 70 countries, including by 500 U.S. districts. In the UK it is the market-leading provider of Classroom, Network and Internet Safety Management Software, with a greater than 40 percent market share of UK secondary schools and 24 percent of colleges.

The company provides intelligent school IT management to help teams cut costs and maximize productivity. Its cutting edge software and powerful learning tools assist schools in the day-to-day running of their computer networks, putting teachers back in control of the classroom and enabling them to proactively deal with internet safety concerns on a daily basis. For more information, visit

About the Digital Citizenship Institute

The Digital Citizenship Institute is committed to promoting social good through the use of social media and technology. They are a diverse group of connected educators who think differently and believe in amplifying the positive and practical applications of learning in the digital age. The Institute partners with districts, schools, parents and organizations to provide a community approach to digital citizenship. For more information, visit