In the 2018-12019 school year, North Lee (NLES) and Taylor Elementary Schools (TES) were both recognized with Common Sense School distinction. Earning this designation requires that certain criteria are met, including grade level lessons, parental engagement, and teacher training.
NLES and TES have demonstrated their commitment to a whole-community approach in preparing their students to think critically and use technology responsibly. This includes dealing with subjects such as plagiarism, loss of privacy, and cyberbullying. The recognition acknowledges our schools’ commitment to creating a culture of digital citizenship.
“We applaud the faculty and staff of North Lee and Taylor Elementary Schools for embracing digital citizenship as an important part of their students’ education,” said Liz Kline, VP, Education Programs, Common Sense Education. “They deserve high praise for giving their students the foundational skills they need to compete and succeed in the 21st-century workplace and participate ethically in society at large.”
Digital Citizenship Week is October 14-18th and all Bradley County Schools have been encouraged to join the conversation of what is digital citizenship and how it not only affects us individually but as a community. Ocoee Middle School students plan to produce daily episodes for their news broadcast, The Scoop, discussing cyberbullying, device care, and social media safeguards. Digital citizenship lessons will be taught throughout the district as well as other activities to kick start another year of online safety. The theme for this year will be “BCS Digital Citizens Respect & Protect”.
Bradley County Schools administrators and educators see the importance of addressing digital citizenship with students from kindergarten to 12th grade; the conversation will vary and be age-appropriate, but the opportunity to lead and model correct online behavior is now. Other schools in the district have already committed to becoming Common Sense Schools by the end of this school year.