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Digital Citizenship

Finding a digital citizenship definition has never been so important as it is today. Kids and teens today are using the immense power of digital media to explore, connect, create, and learn in ways never before imagined. With this power, young people have extraordinary opportunities, and yet they face potential pitfalls, too. Meanwhile, schools are dealing with the associated ramifications — like cyberbullying, digital cheating, and safety and security concerns. These issues underscore the need for students to learn — and for teachers to teach — digital literacy and citizenship skills. So exactly what is digital citizenship?

Common Sense’s digital citizenship definition is a term that speaks to the ability to be a safe, responsible and respectful citizen online.  Common Sense Education’s Digital Citizenship lessons empower students to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly in our digital world. These 21st-century skills are essential for students to harness the full potential of technology for learning. Our Digital Citizenship curriculum can help to:

  • Introduces reliable, research-based information to students about digital media, digital literacy and their impact.
  • Offers a comprehensive yet balanced approach in addressing safety and security concerns, including ethics and behavior issues, as well as digital literacy skills.
  • Provides student-centered, media-rich lesson materials that emphasize skill building, critical thinking, ethical discussion, media creation, and decision making to students of all ages.
  • Addresses the whole community by providing materials to educate parents and families about digital citizenship.
  • Includes rich professional development resources such as tutorials, videos, and webinars that look at topics such as digital footprint, the implications of cyberbullying statistics, Internet privacy and Internet safety.

Our digital citizenship lessons and resources including Digital Compass are made available to educators and schools FREE thanks to the generous support of our funders. Browse our educator site to find a plethora of curricular materials to help explore all the ways to implement digital citizenship for your students. Our education program brings students, families, and educators together to create world-class digital citizens for the 21st-century. Learning about digital citizenship for kids and educators alike has never been so easy.

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