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Digital Citizenship & Becoming a Common Sense Educator

Tech Tip Tuesday – Episode 8 – Digital Citizenship & Becoming a Common Sense Educator

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Digital Citizenship is not a new term, but one that has surfaced recently due to the amount of technology available and used, especially in schools. 

The six components of the CSE curriculum are:

  • Media Balance and Well Being
  • Privacy and Security
  • Digital Footprint and Identity
  • Relationships and Communication
  • Cyberbullying/Digital Drama and Hate Speech
  • News & Media Literacy. 

There are requirements to meet any of the recognitions I just mentioned, but one I thought you might be interested in is becoming an educator. To become an Educator CS requires that a teacher 

  • Have professional development, either in person or using their resources.
  • Help students build lifelong skills and guide families. Some ideas of how to achieve this are to:
    • K–12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum
    • Use their Digital Passport or Digital Compass games
    • Share Family Engagement Resources and have them complete the Common Sense Education Family Media Agreement.
    • Share one or more Family Tip(s) that align with lessons taught in your school.
    • Share articles and parenting advice from Common Sense Media.
    • Host an in-person event for parents, caregivers, and family members (with ready-made slides!).
    • Invite families to participate in the Common Sense Tech Balance text program.
  • Reflect

If you are interested in more information on how you can become a CSE please reach out to the Instructional Technology Department. We would love to help in any way we can.

Explore these Resources

Teaching Digital Citizens in a Digital World : Article


Extension of the week:

Google Tone

Use your microphone to exchange a URL with other devices. This means I can:

  • Go to a website I want my students to visit
  • Click on Google Tone
  • The URL will pop-up for the students to click on
  • Everyone is on the same website

You can also follow me on Twitter

Or the BCS technology department 


Special thanks to Monday Night Social for allowing us to use their song “Shutting Down Tennessee” on our podcast. You can find their music on all major digital music retailers and stay up to date with the band by visiting their website: www.mondaynightsocial.com

About the author

Donna Mitchell

Donna has been in education for 21 years, initially teaching Senior English, Mass Media and Video Production before earning her masters in Educational Technology. A native of Ohio, she moved to TN in 2009 taking a position with DoDEA as an Instructional Technologist. Moving to Bradley County in 2015 she worked as a Career Counselor for the Pathways to Prosperity and is beginning her third year as an Instructional Technologist for BCS. Donna has a passion for sharing technology with students, staff, and parents. One of her specialties is Digital Citizenship.

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