SAN FRANCISCO — This week, Common Sense, the creator of the most widely used K–12 digital citizenship curriculum in the world, will lead teachers, school districts, and partners around the country in a coordinated campaign to encourage all schools to teach students how to think critically and behave responsibly online. During Digital Citizenship Week, Common Sense is collaborating with the California Department of Education and the International Society of Technology Educators (ISTE) to share free tools, tips, and resources for teaching digital citizenship in the classroom.
"The ubiquity of technology in students' lives, both in the classroom and at home, makes it more important than ever for schools to do their part in teaching kids to behave responsibly, think critically, and participate ethically," said James P. Steyer, founder and CEO of Common Sense. "Digital citizenship sets students up for success in life and learning and has become an essential 21st-century skill."
As a national nonprofit organization focused on the digital well-being of all children, Common Sense has been at the forefront of helping educators, administrators, and schools navigate the tricky online world their students are living in. First launched in 2010, then updated in 2018, the organization's free, K–12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum was developed in collaboration with Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and provides lessons and resources that empower students to make safe, smart, and ethical decisions online.
"Parents and educators are seeking guidance on a variety of issues, including media balance, cyberbullying, privacy, and news and media literacy, and our curriculum addresses these topics and more," said Liz Kline, vice president of Common Sense Education. "Our unique approach honors students' authentic experiences with tech, doesn't shame them with consequence-based approaches, and helps them take control of their digital lives."
The Common Sense Digital Citizenship Curriculum is now used in classrooms across all 50 states, in more than 55,000 schools, and by more than 650,000 educators. For those who haven't yet delved into this curriculum, Digital Citizenship Week is a great reason to introduce the lessons -- and a concrete and actionable place to start.
Are you an educator? The Common Sense Digital Citizenship Curriculum is available free to all schools. For more information, visit https://www.commonsense.org/education/digital-citizenship-week.
Are you a parent? Read our blog post How to Get Your School to Teach Digital Manners and Skills.
About Common Sense
Common Sense is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in the 21st century. For more information, visit www.commonsense.org.
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