By Melody Bergman
This article is part of a series by the J.B. Watkins PTA Digital Safety Committee.
If you’re a parent or teacher, you might have heard the buzzword “DigCit” or “Digital Citizenship” floating around. Even the Obama Foundation recently announced that Digital Citizenship it is a big priority on their agenda.
But what does Digital Citizenship really mean?
When we were kids, we were taught to be “good citizens” by being kind to our neighbor, picking up litter, and watching out for strangers. Nowadays, the landscape has changed. Our kids don’t spend as much time interacting on the playground as we did. Their playground–and a lot of their education–is online.
As parents, we need to make the switch too. Our parents and educators helped us to be good citizens on in the schoolyard. Now it’s our job to apply the same concepts to our children’s new virtual environment and teach them to be good digital citizens.
Lucky for us, Chesterfield County Public Schools has already purchased some fantastic software from Common Sense Media to help instruct our kids. The K-12 curriculum is broken down into 8 categories and includes 65 grade-differentiated lesson plans that include videos, iBooks Textbooks, pdfs, interactive games for the kids and other support materials.
J.B. Watkins has already begun using it in the classroom, and CCPS is working on a plan to roll it out to families soon. The curriculum covers the following:
- Internet Safety
- Privacy & Security
- Relationships & Communication
- Cyberbullying & Digital Drama
- Digital Footprint & Reputation
- Self Image & Identity
- Information Literacy
- Creative Credit & Copyright
Stay tuned for more details from the school counselors, coming soon!
Melody Harrison Bergman is a mother and step-mom of three awesome boys, founder of Media Savvy Mamas, and head of the Digital Safety Committee at J.B. Watkins.