Here you can find some lesson plans to help young learners discuss important issues arising out of the current health emergency. Each lesson plan is designed around a theme corresponding to one of the domains of Digital Citizenship, and linked to the learning outcomes set out in the Council of Europe’s Reference Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture.

The lesson plans are easy to use and flexible. They can be taught in a variety of distance-learning situations and adjusted to suit available e-learning platforms or devices, age of learners, local context, time on-line and level of digital skills. The simple format allows you to tailor the teaching and learning process to the needs of your learners, building on the tried and tested principles of Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education: dialogue, critical thinking, active and cooperative learning.

You are invited to send your feedback on any lesson plans used so they may be improved for other learners in due course (digital.citizenship@coe.int).

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‘Beat the Virus’ game and INFO SHEET FOR PARENTS ‘Beat the Virus’ game and INFO SHEET FOR PARENTS


Spring is a time of celebration, albeit somewhat complicated this year by the Coronavirus crisis. We’ve come up with a few ideas and a ‘Beat the Virus’ game (14 language versions) to help parents keep children busy and learn more about what it means to be a digital citizen. These have been translated and adapted to the local context by the following organisations/individuals to contribute to the Council of Europe’s work in this field:

French, Dutch, Greek versions by Insight (www.insight2act.net); Croatian version by Dunja Mijović; Italian version by Stéphane Chaudron (https://www.facebook.com/CDGEurope/); German version by klicksafe.de (http://klicksafe.de/); Icelandic version by Heimili og skóli (https://www.heimiliogskoli.is); Slovak version by DigiQ (https://digiq.sk/en); and Arabic version by CMRPI (https://www.cmrpi.ma)


 Arabic        Croatian        Dutch         English        French      

 German      Greek           Icelandic     Italian         Portuguese

 Romanian   Russian       Slovak         Ukrainian

Leaflet for parents Leaflet for parents


Families are currently going through a challenging time. Even when the pandemic and the confinement are over, it will be difficult to backtrack and limit the time that children spend online. However, this can also be an opportunity to reinforce what they’ve learnt during this crisis about the importance of being an active citizen. The Council of Europe publication “Easy steps to help your child become a Digital Citizen” offers a broad range of insights and ideas about things that parents can do with their children to help them understand how and why to share the responsibility of making ‘online’ a fun and friendly place. 

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