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A Note From Our Chief Educator

Every student needs to know how to safely navigate the digital world. As educators and parents creating new technology, we believe strongly in the importance of giving kids practical skills in how to be safe, critical, and responsible digital citizens. Luckily, there are lots of great (free!) resources to help schools, teachers, and families equip kids with the skills they need to manage their digital life.

Two options for teaching these skills are Google’s “Be Internet Awesome” and Common Sense Media’s Digital Citizenship programs. If you want to help kids strengthen their digital skills, we highly encourage you to check these out!

Michal Eynon-Lynch
Chief Educator, Pear Deck

 

 

TEACH CITIZENSHIP AND SAFETY

Google's Be Internet Awesome 

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Google’s Be Internet Awesome curriculum is designed to help kids be safe, confident explorers of the online world. Designed in conjunction with iKeepSafe Coalition, ConnectSafely and Family Online Safety Institute, this curriculum for K-8 students gives schools the tools and methods they need to teach digital safety fundamentals. Engaging lessons with activities, interactive questions and games are organized around five topics:

  • Be Internet Smart:  Share with Care
  • Be Internet Alert:  Don’t Fall for Fake
  • Be Internet Strong:  Secure Your Secrets
  • Be Internet Kind:  It’s Cool to Be Kind
  • Be Internet Brave:  When in Doubt, Talk It Out

Learn more about Google's Be Internet Awesome

 
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Case Study

Common Sense Media & Pear Deck 

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Teachers at Ceres Unified in California chose to adapt Common Sense Media's Digital Citizenship curriculum to work with Pear Deck. Based on the work of Dr. Howard Gardner and the Good Play Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the program features free, publicly available lessons, activities and games. Ceres added interactive content and formative assessments to encourage full engagement and participation. Subjects covered include: 

  • Internet Safety
  • Privacy and Security
  • Relationships and Security 
  • Cyberbullying and Digital Drama 
  • Digital Footprints and Reputation 
  • Self-Image and Identity 
  • Information Literacy 
  • Creative Credit and Copyright 

Preview a Digital Citizenship Lesson from Ceres Unified

 

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