Digital Citizenship Week 2020

Read about Rocky Run's participation in Digital Citizenship Week 2020

October 15, 2020

Digital Citizenship Week 2020

Schools all throughout FCPS are participating in Digital Citizenship Week during the week of October 19th, 2020. Digital Citizenship Week was established by Common Sense Media. Common Sense Media is the nation's leading nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of all kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in the 21st century.

Last year, Rocky Run was recognized as a Common Sense Media School and we look forward to continuing our focus on explicitly teaching safe and healthy online behavior. We started lessons during Rock Time last Friday with a focus on digital footprints and online identity. In an effort to create meaningful learning opportunities, we are connecting these lessons to our Positivity Project character traits and social emotional learning. 

Digital Citizenship Week at Rocky Run

For Digital Citizenship Week at Rocky Run, we will have a theme each day and a question to focus on. Optional activities will be shared in our grade level Google Classrooms.

Be sure to check out what our schools in FCPS are up to by using #FCPSDigCit on Twitter. 


Theme: Media Balance & Well-Being

Driving Question: How can I create media balance in my life?

Family Connection: Check out these five tips to Help Kids Balance Their Media Lives from Common Sense Education.


Theme: Privacy & Security

Driving Question: How can I keep my private data safe?

Family Connection: Learn about useful privacy settings in this article from Common Sense Media on How to Tell Who Your Kid Is Talking to Online⁠—and How to Keep Their Convos Cool.


Theme: Digital Footprint & Identity

Driving Question: How can I build a digital footprint I'm proud of? 

Family Connection: Help your child create a positive digital footprint with the tips from this article from Parent Zone.


Theme: Relationships & Communication + Cyberbullying, Digital Drama & Hate Speech

Driving Question: How can I communicate kindly, build relationships, and stand up to hate?

Family Connection: Learn the five questions you should teach your students to consider when consuming and creating media by watching this Common Sense Education Video.


Theme: News & Media Literacy 

Driving Question: How can I think critically about the things I see, create, and share?

Family Connection: Check out these six tips to Help Kids Fight Cyberbullying and Other Mean Online Behavior  from Common Sense Education

Other Family Resources

  • Families may check out Wide Open School to find digital citizenship activities to do together.
  • Have a device-free dinner and focus on connecting as a family. The #DeviceFreeDinner campaign by Common Sense Media comes with a wonderful 3-page Family Starter Kit that includes tips for getting started, a printable Family Commitment Pledge, and even a printable sign for designating the place (e.g., basket, box) families will place their devices during dinner. The Family Dinner Project also has a wealth of great conversation starters geared towards children of different ages.
  • FCPS has also developed a Digital Citizenship Online Course for Families with Teens. This four-module online course has been developed for parents/guardians and their teen(s) in grades 7 and up. After viewing the Introduction, parents should start with Module 1: Parents Only and then use Modules 2 - 4 with their teen(s). Modules 2 - 4 are designed to support family conversations about the topics related to digital citizenship. Families are encouraged to work through the course at their own pace and complete any module or activity of interest. While these modules won’t teach you everything you need to know, they provide a solid foundation upon which your family can build.
  • For more resources on digital citizenship check out: FCPS Digital Citizenship: Families