Common Sense, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of digital media and technology, has recognized Dawson County Schools as a Common Sense District.
According to a release from Dawson County Schools, the recognition acknowledges the district’s commitment creating a culture of digital learning and citizenship.
Dawson County Schools was recognized for its commitment to taking a whole-community approach to preparing its students to use the immense power of digital media to explore, create, connect and learn, while limiting the perils that exist in the online realm, such as plagiarism, loss of privacy and cyber bullying.
"We applaud the faculty and staff of Dawson County Schools for embracing digital citizenship as an important part of their students' education," said Liz Kline, vice president of education programs for Common Sense Education. "Dawson County deserves high praise for giving its students the foundational skills they need to compete and succeed in the 21st-century workplace and participate ethically in society at large."
Dawson County Schools has been using Common Sense Education's innovative and research-based digital citizenship resources, which were created in collaboration with Dr. Howard Gardner of the GoodPlay Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
The resources teach students, educators and parents tangible skills related to Internet safety, protecting online reputations and personal privacy, managing online relationships and respecting creative copyright. The free resources are currently used in more than 90,000 classrooms nationwide.
"We're honored to be recognized as a Common Sense District" said Superintendent Dr. Damon Gibbs. "By preparing our students to use technology safely and responsibly, we are providing them unlimited opportunities to maximize and personalize their learning."
For more information about Dawson County Schools, go to www.dawsoncountyschools.org.
To learn more about the criteria Dawson County met to become recognized as a Common Sense District, visit https://www.commonsense.org/education/recognition-districts.