DENVER, COLORADO – Today, educators and advocates across Colorado will participate in the first statewide Digital Citizenship Day, an initiative to teach students to be safe, smart, and successful in the digital world.
“I’m pleased to proclaim April 22 Colorado Digital Citizenship Day,” said Gov. John Hickenlooper. “Our kids are growing up online, which makes a day like this one – dedicated to their development as smart, responsible and savvy digital citizens – so relevant.”
Co-sponsors of Colorado Digital Citizenship Day are Denver Public Schools (DPS), DaVita, and Common Sense Media, the national nonprofit dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of media and technology.
Gov. Hickenlooper will join DPS Superintendent Tom Boasberg, Co-chairman and CEO Kent Thiry of DaVita Healthcare Partners, Common Sense Media, and 130 students at University Park Elementary School in Denver to launch the statewide effort. Then throughout the day, participating K-12 educators across Colorado will use Common Sense Media's free digital literacy and citizenship resources to engage their students in various lessons about concerns kids face online: safety and security, privacy, respecting creative work, managing reputations and nurturing online communities.
"In today’s digital world, kids are tested with each post, search, chat, text message, file download, and profile update," said James Steyer, CEO and founder of Common Sense Media. "We applaud our partners in Colorado for supporting this initiative to prepare their kids to behave responsibly and ethically in their online lives.”
A recent Common Sense Media study revealed that 90 percent of teachers believe digital citizenship skills are critically important for their students, but 55 percent of teachers say their students' knowledge about how to engage safely and responsibly with technology is fair to poor.
“As educators, we know that technology in the classroom can provide engaging and meaningful learning,” said DPS Superintendent Tom Boasberg. “We also know that teaching our students to use good, safe and responsible digital practices is important for their growth and safety.
“Today’s kids have the great advantage of growing up with access to constantly evolving media and technology,” said DaVita’s Kent Thiry, a supporter of Common Sense Media’s education initiatives in Colorado. “But avoiding the pitfalls of the online world and realizing its potential depend upon strong digital citizenship skills. That’s why my wife Denise and I are such avid supporters of this program.”
Digital Citizenship Day is a continuation of Colorado’s demonstrated commitment to digital literacy and citizenship education. So far, more than 2,500 students are working with Common Sense Media's free K-12 digital literacy and citizenship resources.
To view the free online lesson plans, activities, and parent handouts in English and Spanish, visit www.commonsense.org/colorado.
About Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information 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 www.commonsense.org.
Denver Public Schools is committed to meeting the educational needs of every student with great schools in every neighborhood. Our goal is to provide every child in Denver with rigorous, enriching educational opportunities from preschool through high school graduation. DPS is comprised of 170 schools with a current total enrollment of 84,424 students.
DaVita is the dialysis division of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc., a Fortune 500® company that, through its operating divisions, provides a variety of health care services to patient populations throughout the United States and abroad. DaVita supports numerous programs dedicated to creating positive, sustainable change in communities around the world. DaVita has partnered with Common Sense Media in the launch of a K-12 digital literacy and citizenship curriculum and parent media education program in Colorado schools, that began with the Denver Public School system. For more information, please visit DaVita.com.