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Digital Citizen Pledge

September 28, 2021 | Chloe Jang

The fifth graders have brainstormed, drafted, and published a Digital Citizen Pledge aka the Technology Agreement as a class community last week.

But before we called it a Digital Citizen Pledge, we spent a lot of discussing what a digital citizen is and the skills a digital citizen needs to create a safe, online community.

We discussed “mindful messaging” and how people cannot see our facial expressions and hear our tones when sending messages and emails. We had some fun with creating disrespectful messages and turning them into respectful messages, to practice using kind language.


We also defined and discussed cyberbullying and how that affects our class community. And what to do when we witness it: disengage and tell an adult.


Lastly, we talked about why we should keep personal information to ourselves. Sometimes, our students may meet new people online, outside of our community. It’s important that our students know how to stay safe in the digital world as they continue to engage.

After all of the discussions, the fifth graders came up with the pledge, making a promise to care for ourselves and others and to be safe online.


To help us remember the pledge, we came up with a motto:

We have the COTSS: computer, on task, safety skills

“We have the COTSS! We have the COTSS!”

Chloe Jang

Teacher, Grade 5

Chloe Jang first developed a passion for children in high school when volunteering at her church’s children’s ministry. She learned how teaching with love and patience can have an impact on both student and teacher. Since then, Ms. Jang has received a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and English Language Arts from Hunter College. In New York City, Ms. Jang experienced diverse classroom environments, especially teaching fourth grade in West Harlem. She’s very excited to be a part of the Mustard Seed team and serve the community!

In her free time, Ms. Jang loves to travel and learn about different cultures. She even lived in Japan for one year, serving students in a college ministry. She also loves to read fiction books, workout, and explore new restaurants.

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