From time to time this blog will post a short article about a great site with resources for learning more about digital citizenship. Today, we will start by talking about Common Sense Media (https://www.commonsensemedia.org/).

The Common Sense Media website is full of information for parents, teachers, and child advocates. As an organization, Common Sense is devoted “to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology”. Their mission statement goes on to say, “We empower parents, teachers, and policymakers by providing unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids’ lives.” The Common Sense Education part of the site focuses on providing digital literacy and digital citizenship materials to teachers and school communities.

Common Sense provides their materials, which includes a complete K-12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum, totally free of charge. The Scope and Sequence is organized around eight broad topics effecting digital citizenship: Internet Safety, Privacy and Security, Relationships and Communication, Cyberbullying and Digital Drama, Digital Footprints and Reputation, Self-Image and Identity, Information Literacy, and Creative Credit and Copyright.

Go to the Digital Citizenship Information on CommonSenseMedia.org

The Digital Citizenship Curriculum Scope and Sequence maps lessons on the eight main topics across multi-year groups as shown in this chart.

Each lesson contains video content, interactive games, and assessments which are available in PDF, iBook Textbook, and NearPod formats. There are also teacher training and support materials available, and materials that parents can download to discuss the digital citizenship topics at home.

This image shows an online activity taken from a K-2 called Keep It Private about protecting personal information.

This image shows a student activity sheet that goes along with the same, Keep It Private, lesson.

 

Our Quick Summary Comments:

CommonSenseMedia.org is a site with a great deal of high-quality information about digital citizenship. The lessons and materials are well-organized, appropriate for each grade level, and synchronized with ISTE standards. The fact that all of the resources are provided for free is a wonderful benefit, especially for parents who may not have extra money to spend on such things. We would rate this site as one of the best for teachers, students, and parents to visit on their journeys to learn more about digital citizenship.

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