SEL in Digital Life Resource CenterSEL in Digital Life Resources are being offered by Common Sense Education in their SEL in Digital Life Resource Centre. Their description of the resources is as follows:

Technology is changing the social and emotional landscape that students navigate every day, from how they express themselves to how they communicate with friends and family. With the right support, students can learn how to integrate technology into their lives to promote their own well-being and to be a positive influence in their communities. This collection of CASEL-aligned quick activities, family conversation starters, and accompanying professional development resources is an addition to our free K–12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum that will help you promote social and emotional learning as your students navigate the digital world.”(Common Sense Education)

The first thing worth watching, which sets the scene for the whole project, is the explanatory video (reproduced below). Then download the essential teacher guide. There are three classroom videos that can be used as well.


The resources are divided into three categories: Grades K-5 which could cover most of the primary school age range, Grades 6 – 8 which would cover upper KS2 and finally grades 9 – 12. Clearly, this site is in the USA but has lots of very useful resources for developing social and emotional intelligence. The elementary section deals with how technology makes children feel, helps them to be kind to each other when using it and making responsible decisions when online. It deals with playing online games, being able to walk away from the device to do other activities, dealing with bullies, and more.

The SEL in Digital Life Resources Center has lots of very useful individual exercises that could be slotted into the curriculum virtually anywhere and any time. Each activity is designed to be done for about fifteen minutes, so ideal for registration time or for a few minutes at the end of the school day. As well as ideas for classroom use, there are family discussions to encourage children to talk about the issues raised with their families too – there are also downloadable resources that can be sent home.