May 18, 2022

New Report & Resources From Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center: “Youth and Digital Citizenship+ (Plus): Understanding Skills for a Digital World”

From the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society:

The Youth and Media (YaM) team is excited to share a new spotlight — Youth and Digital Citizenship+ (Plus): Understanding Skills for a Digital World — that explores important questions on young people and the digital environment, and provides an overview and analysis of the current discourse around youth (12-18-year-olds) and the concept of digital citizenship. The report proposes a modified “digital citizenship+ (plus)” concept, with the goal to bring different communities together to promote youth’s ability to embrace the opportunities and navigate the challenges of the online world.

In the coming weeks, YaM will be releasing and highlighting educational tools that young people can complete on their own, as well as fun educational activities that families can explore.

The report focuses on several key questions: 

  • Why has the concept of digital citizenship become central in discussions about youth, education, and learning in the 21st century?
  • How is the concept of digital citizenship similar to or different from other concepts, such as digital literacy, media literacy, new media literacies, 21st century skills, or digital competence?
  • Based on a mapping of 35 frameworks, what does the current digital citizenship landscape address, and to what extent are youth’s voices included in the development, implementation, and evaluation of digital citizenship initiatives?
  • What are key considerations for learning spaces and meaningful youth engagement?
  • How can we address underexplored areas, such as artificial intelligence and data?

Online Resources

The report accompanies the Youth and Media team’s educational platform, which offers 100+ educational tools that can be implemented in formal or informal learning spaces.

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Previously Released Spotlight Reports From the Youth and Media (YaM) team 

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Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.