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Common Sense Education ramps up ‘Digital Citizenship for All’

Education nonprofit to make digital citizenship a national priority with digital citizenship pledge and expanded classroom resources

Common Sense Education’s new Digital Citizenship for All campaign, part of the organization’s commitment to making digital citizenship a national priority, urges educators to take a digital citizenship pledge and model behavior for students as they use technology responsibly.

The campaign is the cornerstone of Common Sense Education’s back-to-school offerings and invites teachers and administrators around the world to “Take the Digital Citizenship for All Pledge” to guide students in using technology safely, responsibly, and effectively.

Common Sense Education launched its K–12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum in 2011.

As technology becomes more commonplace in the classroom, teachers and students alike face new digital dilemmas, from issues with cyberbullying and digital footprints to creative copyright and plagiarism.

The pledge will increase awareness about the importance of–and need for–digital citizenship instruction and gives educators the opportunity to make a commitment to taking real action on behalf of their students.

“Digital classrooms are here to stay, and that is a good thing for educators and families given all of the innovative learning technologies available,” said James P. Steyer, founder and CEO of Common Sense. “But we have to ensure that kids know how to use technology wisely while avoiding the perils. Digital citizenship is as important as every other lesson for kids, and we are excited to launch this effort to help educators incorporate this powerful program into their classrooms.”

As a bonus for signing the pledge, teachers receive Common Sense Education’s Back-to-School Guide, which provides tips and tools on everything from engaging students to bridging the home-school connection, all while empowering students to be good digital citizens.

“We hear every day from parents and educators who need help giving kids the digital literacy and citizenship skills they need to learn and thrive in today’s world, so we are launching this campaign to really help them start the year off right,” said Rebecca Randall, vice president of education programs for Common Sense. “By taking the pledge, educators are committing to empowering students with the skills they need to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly with technology, which is essential since we know that more than 92 percent of kids go online every day.”

Material from a press release was used in this report.

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