Common Sense Education’s new Digital Bytes tool aims to do just that.

Digital Bytes teaches teens digital citizenship through student-directed, media-rich activities that tackle real-world dilemmas. Teens learn from the experiences of their peers then create collaborative projects that voice their ideas for making smart, safe choices online.

Digital Bytes is ideal for afterschool programs, community centers, or blended-learning classrooms that need short, relevant activities that teach digital citizenship and critical thinking about media consumption and creation.

Using the Digital Bytes website, teens choose a topic, or “Byte,” that resonates with their interests. They learn from the real-world experiences of others who’ve encountered digital dilemmas that raise questions such as:

  • Why does cyberbullying happen, and how can you stand up for yourself and others?
  • When is it OK to copy something from the Internet?
  • How can the internet help you launch a new project or bring a community together?
  • Why should you care if websites track what you do online?

Teens then express their ideas for how they’d respond to these questions by creating multimedia projects, presentations, and videos that showcase their authentic voices and talents.

Material from a press release was used in this report.

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