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Glenmont students learn how to be smart Digital Citizens

Filed in Glenmont, Student Spotlight by on March 14, 2018

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Fourth and fifth grade students at Glenmont Elementary recently participated in a 5-week long Digital Citizenship course that was designed by Common Sense Media and taught by School Librarian Joel DiTata.

Common Sense Media is the leading independent nonprofit organization that is dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. The course is designed to address real challenges for teachers and students, and to help schools navigate cyberbullying, internet safety, and other digital dilemmas.

“Our students are now introduced to the online world at younger ages,” said DiTata. “They are exposed to the advantages and disadvantages of the internet, some that can impact their social and emotional development.”

DiTata explained that within each lesson, students learned different ways to become safe digital participants by examining how to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly in the digital world.

Throughout the course, students were introduced to several online topics including: internet safety, privacy and security, relationships and communication, cyberbullying, and digital footprints and reputation.

Focusing on these topics helped students learn things like what it actually means to be “safe” online, the difference between “personal” and “private” information, and how to “self-reflect” before you “self-reveal.”

“Learning to be a good digital citizen doesn’t just impact the students,” said DiTata. “It impacts the school by creating a positive culture that supports safe and responsible technology use.”

For more information on Common Sense Media click here.