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Digital Citizenship Week

The California Department of Education (CDE) in collaboration with Common Sense Education will celebrate CDE Digital Citizenship Week October 15-19, 2018.

Digital Citizenship

Photo of Superintendent Tom TorlaksonThe California Education Technology Blueprint titled: Empowering Learning (PDF) makes 19 recommendations. Recommendation 2 states: Ensure student safety by outlining policies and best practices to prevent cyberbullying and protect student data.

“It is important to teach students about the ethical, legal, and safe use of online information and resources. It is also important to help students learn about how they can protect themselves and their personal information in online environments.”

The goal is to identify resources that can help students learn 21st century skills such as digital citizenship, information literacy, and safe and legal Internet use (for example, those surrounding plagiarism and pirating music and movies).

Deliver Digital Citizenship Lessons

The Common Sense Education organization offers free, research-based K-12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum External link opens in new window or tab. with lesson plans to teach students how to:

  • Manage their online information and keep it secure.
  • Protect their own online privacy while respecting others.
  • Explore, examine, and protect their online reputations.
  • Reflect on their responsibilities and rights as creators online.
  • Identify, find, evaluate, and use information effectively.
  • Deal with a cyberbullying situation appropriately.
  • Stay safe online through positive connections.

The comprehensive digital citizenship lessons are aligned to the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Standards for Students External link opens in new window or tab., and include resources to share with families, can be delivered offline or in a blended format, and provide the option for student assessments. Additionally, Common Sense Media has invested in designing professional development resources to support educators with the implementation of the materials.

Meet CIPA Requirements

Common Sense Education offers CIPA Toolkits External link opens in new window or tab. for Administrators and Teachers. What is CIPA? The Children’s Internet Protection Act External link opens in new window or tab. is a federal law enacted by Congress to address concerns about access to offensive content over the Internet on school and library computers. CIPA imposes certain types of requirements on any school or library that receives funding for Internet access or internal connections from the E-rate program. Since July 2012, schools subject to CIPA are required by the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act External link opens in new window or tab. to provide for educating minors about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking Web sites and in chat rooms, and cyberbullying awareness and response. The suggested lessons for California’s Digital Citizenship Week also provide suitable selections to meet the CIPA requirement for the 2017–2018 school year.

California Department of Education Digital Citizenship Week

The CDE, in collaboration with Common Sense Education and the California State legislature, will celebrate Digital Citizenship Week October 15-19, 2018. This will continue ongoing efforts to teach students how to make safe, smart, and ethical decisions in the digital world.

This years’ topics include:

  1. Online Privacy
  2. Media/Online Literacy
  3. Anti-Bullying
  4. Positive Online Communities/Digital Leadership

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Questions:   Geoff Belleau | gbelleau@cde.ca.gov | 916-324-9943
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, July 24, 2018
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