Help Them All Become Good Digital Citizens

  • Sep 14, 2016

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The digital landscape holds a world of possibilities for students—in education, creativity, communication, and overall empowerment. But there are challenges, too, and it’s up to adults to ensure that kids have the necessary knowledge to safely and effectively navigate the environment.

As an educator, you are uniquely positioned to impart this knowledge. And if you’re ready to take on the challenge, you’ll have an ally.

Common Sense Media is a leading independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. They have pledged to “empower students with the skills they need to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly.”

One way they accomplish this is through the creation of K-12 educational resources—which are easily implemented in the classroom, and freely available.

In fact, if you join Common Sense Media in pledging to empower kids, they’ll give you a free Back-to-School Guide to help you get started!

To get your copy, just take the Digital Citizenship Pledge today.

And to help us keep you informed about other free resources and educational programs, please be sure to bookmark this site and follow us on Twitter.

—Stephen Vincent D’Emidio

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Introducing Digital You

  • Aug 19, 2015

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Editor’s note: In late July, AT&T and DIRECTV closed a landmark deal to combine companies. DIRECTV is now part of the AT&T family.

Ask any parent what their primary concern is as they watch kids venture out to explore new horizons—whether it’s crossing the street, or enjoying their first smart phone—and chances are you’ll hear the word “safety.”

Safety is paramount, and the more our lives are lived online the more important it becomes to learn safe practices.

Enter AT&T’s comprehensive new educational program, Digital You.

Launched this summer, Digital You is a free online resource for Internet users of all ages and levels of experience created in collaboration with Common Sense. At DigitalYou.att.com you’ll find a robust collection of tools, tips, apps, guidance and community education events that is well put-together and really quite easy to navigate—whether you are a newcomer to the digital environment, or a veteran just looking for smarter, safer ways to do things.

Educators and parents alike will be particularly interested in Digital Compass, the fun, interactive game developed by Common Sense that teaches 6th through 9th graders about the real-world impact of their online decisions. You can play for free online or download the free Digital Compass app for IOS or Android, and reference this handy Educator Guide for lessons in digital literacy & citizenship. Digital Compass is available for complimentary use thanks to AT&T.

Learn more by visiting Digital You today.

And to stay abreast of other great opportunities and free educational resources, be sure to bookmark this site and follow DIRECTV Goes to School on Twitter.

—Stephen Vincent D’Emidio

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Kid-friendly Entertainment in a Kid-friendly APP

  • May 22, 2015

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This week, DIRECTV announced the launch of its new DIRECTV Kids APP, which will deliver hundreds of kid-friendly movies and programs to DIRECTV customers’ iPhones or iPads from channels they already subscribe to, at no extra charge.

Designed for children ages 5-10,the app puts a world of curated content at your child’s fingertips. And for parents, there are helpful program ratings and reviews provided by the non-profit child advocacy group Common Sense Media, so you’ll always know everything you need to know about what your kids are watching.

“As our kids become more and more connected through powerful devices like tablets and computers, navigating through the rough terrain of the digital landscape for parents can be an incredibly daunting task,” says Tony Goncalves, senior vice president, Digital Entertainment Products Group, DIRECTV. “The DIRECTV Kids App was designed to take the worry away from watching TV and give kids a simple and safe viewing environment without the need for complicated parental control set up on multiple devices.”

Learn more about the app and download yours today by visiting DIRECTV.

And to stay abreast of other great fun and educational resources, be sure to bookmark this site and follow DIRECTV Goes to School on Twitter.

NOTE: The DIRECTV Kids APP is not available to subscribers who receive DIRECTV through the SCHOOL CHOICE program.

 

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This Summer, Turn That Tablet Into a Teaching Machine

  • Apr 28, 2015

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However your kids spend their precious free time this summer—whether indoors, outdoors, away from home or in their own backyard—it’s safe to assume that a good deal of that time will be spent looking at screens. The little screens we all carry around in our hands, I mean.

But rather than lament what would have seemed like bizarre behavior during our adventure-filled summers back in the day, the smart folks at Common Sense Media have taken the proactive step of compiling a handy guide to apps and websites that can turn your child’s smartphone, tablet or other device into educational tools to enhance whatever activities they do get up to.

The guide offers something for every kid, age 2 through 17, broken into various categories taking-in science, nature, tech, art, geography and more. There are even apps for learning to code! That’s free time well spent.

So, do you want to help your kids learn while having fun this summer? Well, there’s an app for that! Actually, there are dozens, and Common Sense Media wants to tell you about the best of them.

Check out their Summer Learning Guide for yourself.

And to stay abreast of other great educational resources, be sure to bookmark this site and follow DIRECTV Goes to School on Twitter.

—Stephen Vincent D’Emidio