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Common Sense Media, Omaha Public Schools and Building Bright Futures presents Digital Citizenship Week, April 24-30, 2011!

Audrey Stokes | April 28, 2011

Omaha’s first ever Digital Citizenship week is in full swing!  Dozens of schools in the Omaha area are engaging their communities in activities that supplement our digital literacy and citizenship curriculum, already in use in Omaha Public Schools.

At Nathan Hale Middle School, a group of students who have been using Common Sense Media’s curriculum are playing a leadership role in teaching basic digital citizenship skills to the entire student body. Morton Magnet Middle School is hosting a family workshop to bring together parents and students to talk about how to behave safely and participate responsibly in today’s digital world. McMillan Magnet Middle School is holding a showcase of student work and classroom lessons.

Are you interested in hosting a Digital Citizenship Week? Here are some ideas to get you started:

1.       Distribute a tip sheet (or two!) to parents.

2.       Bring parents and children together for a Technology Night Showcase. This is an opportunity for parents to view their child’s classroom/project work that was enabled by technology. It is a good opportunity to highlight the positive aspects of technology use and to distribute parent tip sheets.

3.       Distribute the Family Media Agreement, a checklist that parents can use to have conversations with their children about media use and to establish guidelines that are right for their family.

4.       Teach a lesson on digital citizenship to children.

5.       Engage with families. Bring parents and children together to deepen their knowledge and commitment to digital citizenship.

Have you worked with your community to start up a Digital Citizenship Week?  We’d love to hear about your experience!