As Millions of Kids Return to School, Common Sense Education Ramps Up Commitment to "Digital Citizenship for All" to Prepare Students to Navigate and Succeed in a Fast-Moving Digital World

Leading Education Nonprofit to Make Digital Citizenship a National Priority with First-Ever Digital Citizenship Pledge and Expanded Classroom Resources
Common Sense Media
Monday, August 15, 2016

San Francisco, Calif. -- Common Sense Education kicked off its Digital Citizenship for All campaign today as part of the organization's commitment to making digital citizenship a national priority. The campaign is the cornerstone of Common Sense Education's back-to-school offerings and invites teachers and administrators around the world to "Take the Digital Citizenship for All Pledge" to guide students in using technology safely, responsibly, and effectively.

Common Sense Education has been at the forefront of helping educators, administrators, and schools navigate the tricky online world their students are living in since it launched its K–12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum in 2011. As technology becomes more commonplace in the classroom, teachers and students alike face new digital dilemmas, from issues with cyberbullying and digital footprints to creative copyright and plagiarism. The pledge will increase awareness about the importance of -- and need for -- digital citizenship instruction and gives educators the opportunity to make a commitment to taking real action on behalf of their students.

"Digital classrooms are here to stay, and that is a good thing for educators and families given all of the innovative learning technologies available," said James P. Steyer, founder and CEO of Common Sense. "But we have to ensure that kids know how to use technology wisely while avoiding the perils. Digital citizenship is as important as every other lesson for kids, and we are excited to launch this effort to help educators incorporate this powerful program into their classrooms."

As a bonus for signing the pledge, teachers receive Common Sense Education's Back-to-School Guide, which provides tips and tools on everything from engaging students to bridging the home-school connection, all while empowering students to be good digital citizens. The pledge can be viewed here.

"We hear every day from parents and educators who need help giving kids the digital literacy and citizenship skills they need to learn and thrive in today's world, so we are launching this campaign to really help them start the year off right," said Rebecca Randall, vice president of education programs for Common Sense. "By taking the pledge, educators are committing to empowering students with the skills they need to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly with technology, which is essential since we know that more than 92 percent of kids go online every day."

About Common Sense Education

Common Sense Education provides teachers and schools with free research-based classroom tools to help students harness technology for learning and life. Our K–12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum and interactive games teach students how to make safe, smart, and ethical decisions in the digital world. Our educational ratings and reviews platform helps educators discover, use, and share high-quality digital products that propel student learning. Common Sense Education works with more than 340,000 teacher members in over 110,000 schools to help ensure all children have the opportunity to thrive in the 21st century.

Common Sense is the nation's leading nonprofit organization dedicated to helping families and educators thrive in a world of media and technology. To see all of Common Sense's education resources, visithttps://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators.
 

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