District Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified
The Fox Chapel Area School District has been named a Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified School District. As a certified district, Fox Chapel Area has demonstrated 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 cyberbullying.
The designation means that each individual school in the district has received this special certification. The district’s schools are Fairview Elementary School, Hartwood Elementary School, Kerr Elementary School, O’Hara Elementary School, Dorseyville Middle School, and Fox Chapel Area High School. A total of 24 school districts across the nation have received this designation, and only five in Pennsylvania.
“We applaud the faculty and staff of the Fox Chapel Area School District for embracing digital citizenship as an important part of their students’ education,” said Rebecca Randall, vice president of education programs for Common Sense Education. “Fox Chapel Area 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.”
Common Sense is the national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of digital media and technology. Fox Chapel Area School District 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.