SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Common Sense Media, the national nonprofit dedicated to helping kids thrive with media and technology, has dedicated a week during Connected Educators Month and National Bullying Prevention Month to help teach students about being safe and smart online.
In partnership with national education organizations, school districts, state departments of education, and education technology groups, Common Sense Media is raising awareness of the need to teach kids digital literacy and citizenship skills -- and providing the free resources to achieve it.
"Media and technology present so many great opportunities for today's kids to explore, discover, connect, and create," said Rebecca Randall, Vice President of Education Programs at Common Sense Media. "Digital Citizenship Week is an opportunity to engage the whole community -- teachers, parents, and students -- in maximizing the benefits of growing up in a digital world and limiting the potential downsides."
For teachers, Digital Citizenship Week is a great time to engage students in relevant lessons about what it means to be online, including issues like: privacy and security; relationships and communication; digital footprints and reputation; self-image and identity; and creative credit and copyright. It can help them identify and stand up to cyberbullying, and it's an optimal time to get the parent community better involved, too.
During the week, Common Sense Media experts will participate in many local events and webinars as part of Connected Educators month as well as lead a webinar on EdWeb.net to launch a new professional-learning community focused on digital citizenship. The webinar, "Empowering Students to Be Digital Citizens," will happen October 24, 2014, at 4 p.m. EST.
Common Sense Media improves the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology. Through our education programs and policy efforts, Common Sense Media empowers parents, educators, and young people to become knowledgeable and responsible digital citizens. For more information, go to: http://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators