Digital Citizenship

As an educator and a mom, I strongly believe in the importance of explicitly teaching digital citizenship to kids.  Our district utilizes the Common Sense Media scope and sequence for our K-8 digital citizenship instruction.  Our students learn everything from the importance of citing their sources to staying safe online.  Our teachers, Technology coaches and Library Media Center directors all collaborate to support our students understanding of digital and information literacy.  One of the best parts of Common Sense Media’s plethora of resources are the Family Tip Sheets.  These lists of pdf links are a wonderful way to open the lines of communication about media and information literacy and to support the home to school connection.  Another great resource for parents is the Family Media Agreement that parents and their kids can read and agree to together, another way to reinforce digital citizenship and expectations at home.  Another resource comes from Dr. Dev Heitner, who, if you recall, spoke to our district families last year.   Dr. Heitner’s Raising Digital Natives website also has some great information.  Check out her blog post on wading through all of the apps out there!

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