Digital Citizenship - How to be safe and responsible online "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." - "Our K-12 Digital literacy and Citizenship Curriculum." Common Sense Media. 31 Oct. 2014. <https://www.commonsensemedia.org/sites/default/files/uploads/pdfs/curriculum-overview_0.pdf>.
During library class each year, the librarians engage students in discussions and activitites surrounding Digital Citizenship, utilizing the Common Sense Media Curriculum. Areas of instruction include:
(1) Privacy and Security (2) Self Image and Identify (3) Relationships and Communication (4) Digital Footprint and Reputation (5) Creative Credit and Copyright (6) Information Literacy (7) Cyberbullying and (8) Internet Safety. Beginning in Kindergarten, students learn to find things on the Internet safely. First graders learn what the Internet and email are. Second and third graders explore what it means to leave a digital footprint, privacy online and online etiquitte. Fourth and Fifth graders explore ownership and responsibility of online information and cyberbullying