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MPS Digital Citizenship

Using Common Sense Education resources, Moore Public School administrators, media specialists, counselors, and teachers will help students understand what it means to become a proper digital citizen. Beginning with kindergarten students, our Media Specialists will present two lessons each academic year designed to teach media balance and well-being; privacy and security; relationships and communication; cyberbullying, digital drama, and hate speech; digital footprint and identity; or news and media literacy. These topics each play an important role in our District's focus on Digital Safety, Digital Social Interaction, and Evaluating Digital Information. Below are a few examples of lessons that could be taught for each grade level.

Grade Digital Citizenship Lesson Concept Taught
Kindergarten Pause for People   Media Balance & Well-Being  
1st Grade Internet Traffic Light Privacy & Security
2nd Grade Digital Trails Digital Footprint & Identity 
3rd Grade Our Digital Citizenship Pledge Relationships & Communication
4th Grade Our Online Tracks Digital Footprint & Identity   
5th Grade Is It Cyberbullying? Cyberbullying, Digital Drama, & Hate Speech  
6th Grade Chatting Safely Online Relationships & Communication  
7th Grade Big, Big Data Privacy & Security
8th Grade Social Media & Digital Footprints: Our Responsibilities Digital Footprint & Identity
9th Grade Chatting & Red Flags Relationships & Communication
10th Grade Countering Hate Speech Online Cyberbullying, Digital Drama, & Hate Speech
11th Grade Clicks for Cash News & Media Literacy
12th Grade We Are Civil Communicators Relationships & Communication


Administrators, Media Specialists, Counselors, and Teachers:

It is required that Media Specialists teach at least one Digital Citizenship lesson per semester -- Media Specialists may choose lesson(s) from Common Sense Education's curriculum, other curriculum resources, or create their own lessons. Lessons need to meet the requirements of

FCC's Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA)

by "educating minors about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms, and cyberbullying awareness and response".  We highly encourage multiple lessons to be taught each year to cover other topics as well, such as media balance and well-being, privacy and security, relationships and communication, digital drama and hate speech, digital footprint and identity, and news and media literacy.

Please work with your fellow teachers, plan, and collaborate to present digital citizenship units, so students will receive digital citizenship instruction both in the media center and by the teacher in the classroom as well.

Please encourage teachers to use resources available from Common Sense and other sources, such as posters and family engagement activities to reinforce digital citizenship principles in the classrooms and at home.  As always, model proper digital citizenship in and out of the classroom!

Parents & Community:

There is a wealth of information on how you can help promote students to think critically in our digital world. Below you will find links to resources from endorsed organizations and sites that will help students to understand what it means to be a responsible digital citizen outside of school as well. 

Internet Safety (Common Sense Media) - This page offers links to articles and videos that deal with Internet Safety.
State Department of Education - Internet Safety
Cyberbullying (Common Sense Media)
Cell Phone Safety Tips for Parents
What is Phishing and How to Avoid It