Common Sense Media Brings 9-12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum-Based Lessons to iPad Using the New iTunes U

Common Sense Media, the national nonprofit dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of media and technology.

Common Sense Media
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

San Francisco, Ca. – Common Sense Media, the national nonprofit dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of media and technology, today announced that lessons for grades 9-12 from its groundbreaking digital literacy and citizenship curriculum are now available for iPad as part of the new iTunes U.

"At Common Sense Media, we recognize the ways technology is changing and enriching the way kids learn and discover the world around them – both in and out of the classroom," said James P. Steyer, CEO and founder of Common Sense Media. "We also know the importance of arming students with the right skills and knowledge to use these tools safely and responsibly. Apple has always been on the cutting edge of developing tools to harness the real opportunities that technology presents us. iPad Courses represent the next step in teaching and learning, and we look forward to helping more parents and teachers arm this generation of kids with the tools and skills they need to be responsible and productive digital citizens."

From social-networking profiles to cyberbullying to content creation, digital media is creating both possibility and peril in kids' lives. And while teaching kids to practice safe, smart, and responsible online and mobile behavior is quickly becoming a necessity in our 24/7 media universe, schools across the country are only beginning to tackle these 21st century topics. Through the new iTunes U app, every high school-age student with an iPad can access Common Sense Media's self-guided, interactive lessons anytime, anywhere.

Common Sense Media's digital literacy and citizenship curriculum –"Digital Literacy and Citizenship in a Connected Culture"—is a comprehensive K-12 curriculum designed to empower students to think critically and make informed choices about how they live and treat others in today's digital world. The curriculum, which was co-created by the team of Dr. Howard Gardner and the GoodPlay Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, covers topics ranging from Internet safety and security to privacy and cyberbullying, using engaging content to inspire kids to be responsible digital citizens.

Since launching in August 2009, Common Sense's education programs have been adopted by a network of more than 25,000 schools in all 50 states and 70-plus countries.

Grades 9-12 are now available on iTunes U. To download Common Sense Media's grades 9-12 digital citizenship lessons, visit To view all of Common Sense Media's education programs, including the full K-12 curriculum, visit

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