Internet safety, online communication, digital footprint, strategic searching, copyright and fair use–these days, “tech skills” encompass so much more than simply learning to type and download files. Across all content areas and grade levels, teachers are now addressing the digital citizenship skills kids need to be safe and responsible online.

At Common Sense Education, we believe in a whole-community approach to digital citizenship that engages not only students and teachers in the conversation, but families and the wider community as well. Our K-12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum along with our Connecting Families program give schools and communities a foundation for addressing these critical topics in and out of the classroom.

For Digital Citizenship Week this year (Oct. 16-20, 2017), we’re calling on all educators, parents, and community members to raise awareness about the importance of teaching digital citizenship by sharing our starter kit: Get Dig Cit-Ready. Whether your community is just getting started with digital citizenship, is looking for resources to share with teachers or parents, or is ready to initiate a school- or district-wide program, there’s something for you here.

From work and entertainment to communication and research, a huge portion of our lives is spent online. And though kids can master a new device in minutes flat, they still need adult guidance on navigating the complex digital world.

Join us this week, Oct. 16-20, for Digital Citizenship Week, and help empower the next generation to make safe, smart, and ethical decisions online.

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About the Author:

Erin Wilkey Oh is the executive editor for Common Sense Education. Common Sense Education helps educators find the best edtech tools, learn best practices for teaching with tech, and equip students with the skills they need to use technology safely and responsibly. Go to Common Sense Education for free resources including full reviews of digital tools, ready-made lesson plans, videos, webinars, and more.


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