A February 14th article in our Eagle Eye Mail addressed a new initiative in our district to have every school earn Digital Citizenship Certification using the Common Sense Digital Citizenship Curriculum. Students in 3rd through 5th grades have completed three class periods in Computer Lab with Mr. Jennings, being introduced to a variety of aspects of this rather large body of information. Through an online Canvas course, they learned about maintaining privacy on the Internet, cyberbullying, using information responsibly, copyright, keyword searching, and much more.
In Media class, 3rd graders have discussed plagiarism and intellectual property while 4th and 5th graders have been taught how to create a basic bibliography using the EasyBib website. These topics were presented as steps toward learning how to respect the work of others. To promote this effort at home, here is another Family Tip Sheet about Respecting Creative Work. We adults acknowledge that while working on school projects, information and graphics are often a simple keyword search and click away. Use these tips to help your students be respectful digital citizens. Support their efforts in “giving credit where credit is due.”
If you would like additional information explore the Common Sense Media website which offers a Parent tab filled with media-related articles. You will find the same link under CMS Resources on Sharon’s home page.
Together we’ll help guide our kids to be respectful and informed digital citizens!