Digital Literacy and Citizenship

Santa Clara Unified School District has partnered with Common Sense Media, the leader in digital literacy curriculum and resources for parents. Hughes has been implementing their Digital Literacy and Citizenship Classroom Curriculum in grades K-5 over the past few months., and the kids really love learning how to be good digital citizens!

In addition to digital literacy curriculum, Common Sense Media also offers:

  • Reviews on movies, video games, apps, books, websites, TV shows, and music, allowing parents to make developmentally-appropriate choices about the media their kids consume
  • Top Picks, the best of the best for kids in media
  • Best for Learning, guides to choosing educational media for your kids
  • Lots of helpful media- and technology-related info and advice for parents of tech-savvy kids!

From Common Sense Media's website:

"Common Sense Media is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology.

We exist because our nation's children spend more time with media and digital activities than they do with their families or in school, which profoundly impacts their social, emotional, and physical development . As a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization, we provide trustworthy information and tools, as well as an independent forum, so that families can have a choice and a voice about the media they consume."

You can learn more about Common Sense Media, and take advantage of their awesome resources for parents, by clicking here.

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Common Sense Media

Internet Safety Tips for Elementary School Kids

from Common Sense Media

Internet Safety Basics

Help your kids understand that they should:

  • Never share their names, schools, ages, phone numbers, or addresses;
  • Never send pictures to strangers;
  • Keep passwords private (except to parents);
  • Never open email from strangers – it may contain viruses that can harm a computer; and
  • Immediately tell an adult if something mean or creepy happens.

Strategies for a responsible -- and safer -- online life

  • Visit only age-appropriate sites. 
  • Search safely. 
  • Avoid strangers.
  • Be a good cyber citizen! 
  • Keep the computer in a central place.
  • Establish expectations and limits.
  • View your own habits carefully.
  • But, mostly, be involved and have fun with them!

You can find more info here.