Each year, Digital Citizenship Week is celebrated during the third week of October. This week is dedicated to teaching and reflecting on digital citizenship skills and is sponsored by Common Sense Education. This year, Digital Citizenship Week will be held during the week of October 14th through the 18th.
Digital citizenship skills help students learn to communicate and collaborate safely and responsibly while using digital tools. Knowing how to act responsibly when online and using technology not only keeps students safe, but it prepares them for a world full of technology.
Winchester Public Schools has selected the Common Sense Education platform as our district-wide resource for training and educating students, staff, and families on the elements of digital citizenship. Common Sense Education is a a non-profit organization that provides free digital citizenship lessons, curriculum, resources, articles, and more to schools, educators, students, and parents. Common Sense Education was first launched in 2010 and was recently updated in 2018. For more information regarding Winchester Public Schools' plan for using Common Sense Education, please visit the WPS Common Sense Education webpage.
Throughout the school year, students at WPS will participate in three or more lessons specifically related to digital citizenship. Topics and lessons may include: Media Balance and Well Being, Privacy and Security, Digital Footprint and Identity, Relationships and Communication, Cyberbullying and Digital Drama, and News and Media Literacy.
As a part of our Digital Citizenship Curriculum, students and teachers will review and sign a Classroom Digital Citizenship Pledge which will be posted in classrooms. Students will also watch videos pertaining to the WPS Acceptable Use policy and Chromebook Care. In addition, schools will promote Common Sense Education beyond the classroom by sharing resources, such as family media agreements, family tip sheets, digital citizenship articles, and more.
In addition to educational resources, Common Sense Education offers resources for parents and families. Here are some examples of family resources related to Digital Citizenship that Common Sense Education offers: