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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