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May is California Digital Citizenship Month!

“Every day, your students are tested with each post, search, chat, text message, file download, and profile update. Will they connect with like minds or spill TMI to the wrong people? Will they behave creatively or borrow ideas recklessly? Will they do the right thing or take shortcuts?”  — from Common Sense Media

Join Common SenseCalifornia Writing Project (CWP), and schools across California, for Digital Citizenship Month. Check out the toolkit for everything you’ll need to participate!

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Digital Citizenship Month gives you the chance to guide students and their families in making the right choices, and empowering them to act responsibly, safe, and ethically online. With the attached materials, you have everything you need to get your school involved, including:

• A list of five easy activities you can implement throughout the month of May and beyond
• Lesson plans for the classroom or after school
• Suggested digital storytelling tools and activities
• Handouts for parents
• Family workshop activities

Brought to you by Common Sense Media and the California Writing Project, Digital Citizenship Month is a great time to either get started or continue your efforts to educate students about and engage their families in digital citizenship.

Common Sense Media’s FREE Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum empowers students to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly in our digital world. The cross-curriculular units spiral to address digital literacy and citizenship topics in an age appropriate way. Browse by grade band or click a category to highlight the lessons that address that topic. There are 80 lessons in the full K-12 curriculum, with supporting materials such as student handouts, assessments, educational videos, family tip sheets, and professional development resources. The 8 categories covered are :

  • Privacy & Security
  • Digital Footprint & reputation
  • Self-image & identity
  • Creative Credit & copyright
  • Relationships & Communication
  • Information Literacy
  • Cyberbullying
  • Internet Safety

It’s recommended to start with the Scope & Sequence to determine which approach is right for your students.  Another fun option is Digital Passport – an interactive learning tool for grades three to five that teaches and tests the basics of digital safety, etiquette, and citizenship. Students learn foundational skills from online games and videos, while deepening their learning through collaborative offline activities.

About Common Sense Media

Mission : Common Sense Media is dedicated to improving 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.

The most profound contributions of Common Sense Media are its education programs and ratings for digital medias, including mobile apps, games, websites, books, movies, music …. The ratings are helpful references for parents to choose appropriate and effective digital media products for kids’ learning.


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