Digital Citizenship Lessons Empower NPS Students To Safely Navigate a Challenging Media Landscape

Digital Citizenship Lessons Empower NPS Students To Safely Navigate a Challenging Media Landscape
Posted on 09/13/2018
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Virtual Interactive Programs Provide Educators With Best Practices For Safe Tech In The Classroom And Beyond. Norwalk Public School grade 3-5 students across the district are learning to think critically, behave safely and participate responsibly in a digital world through ongoing interactive Digital Citizenship curriculum.

Designed and developed by Common Sense Media in partnership with Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, each Digital Citizenship lesson takes on real challenges and digital dilemmas that students may face on a daily basis. Common Sense Media is a leading independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology.

The program was piloted last year at Cranbury, Brookside and Rowayton Elementary Schools via an interactive classroom tool called NearPod. Following the success of last year’s pilot sessions, virtual and in-person live-streamed training for grade 3-5 educators was incorporated into summer Professional Development. Training sessions will now continue to be delivered virtually to teachers on a regular basis through NearPod and YouTube.

The Digital Citizenship curriculum provides teachers, parents and students with access to virtual resources, videos, webinars, and training on a variety of topics.

  • Internet Safety

  • Privacy and Security

  • Relationships and Communication

  • Cyber-bullying and Digital Drama

  • Digital Footprint and Reputation

  • Self-image and Identity

  • Information Literacy

  • Creative Credit and Copyright

“Kids are engaging in more screen time than ever,” said Chief of Technology, Innovation, and Partnerships Ralph Valenzisi. “With the digital landscape constantly changing, educators are the frontline to helping students harness the power of technology in a healthy way.” 

To further protect the digital safety of students NPS implemented Gaggle at the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year. The Gaggle Safety Management system protects students when they are using school-provided technology and alerts school administrators when the child encounters harmful internet content. Access to certain student information remains the legal responsibility of the applicable school or district, which is required to comply with privacy laws and its applicable regulations.