Common Sense Celebrates Safer Internet Day One Year After Bringing Award-Winning Curriculum to the UK

Common Sense Education's Digital Citizenship Curriculum is used by nearly 20,000 educators across the United Kingdom to help children make smart choices online.

Common Sense Media
Monday, February 7, 2022

LONDON, 7 February, 2022—One year after Common Sense Education introduced its award-winning and research-backed digital citizenship resources to the United Kingdom, it is using Safer Internet Day to highlight the importance of helping children think critically and use technology responsibly to learn, create, and participate as digital citizens. The resources, which were fully updated for UK learners and translated into British English and Welsh, provide teachers with activities they can do in their classrooms using the Digital Citizenship Year 1–13 Progression, which maps out resources aligned to the Education for a Connected World framework.

Schools can use this day to celebrate how they're teaching learners online skills for the 21st century, and to build community enthusiasm for teaching digital citizenship as a core part of their school's curriculum. With a theme of "All fun and games? Exploring respect and relationships online", the day will touch upon topics ranging from how to recognise red flag feelings while using social media to knowing the privacy risks of new technologies.

''We are delighted to support Safer Internet Day. It provides a call to action for teachers and families to focus on helping children gain the skills needed to respond appropriately to online harms," says Jenna Khanna, UK Regional Director at Common Sense Education. "Research shows that keeping young people safe online is not enough; we must also prepare them to be a force for good, whether they are communicating, creating, or consuming. The most effective way to do this is through digital citizenship education, and we are thrilled to partner with Education Scotland and the Welsh government to bring our free digital citizenship resources to up to 1 million learners in 2022."

Families will also be given conversation starters to continue learning at home, with questions like, "Do you ever feel sad or mad when you use your devices?", "Why do you think people overshare on social media?", and "What are some ways of being more thoughtful before you post?". By creating a dialogue with these prompts, parents and caregivers can motivate their children to be more mindful about their online interactions.

Since bringing digital citizenship resources to the UK, the curriculum has been used by over 18,300 educators and implemented in hundreds of schools across the United Kingdom. Lessons are built on the same core, research-backed Common Sense curriculum that teachers know and trust.

"Recognising Safer Internet Day has never been more important," says Jim Steyer, founder and CEO of Common Sense Media, "The internet is a powerful tool for exploration, education, and entertainment, but it can also be a minefield of dangerous content and misinformation. With the increasing spread of online bullying, harmful content, and a laundry list of online harms posed to young internet users, Common Sense stands with the UK Safer Internet Centre, teachers and families, to create a safer internet for all children, and we are proud to bring our free, award-winning Digital Citizenship curriculum to schools throughout the UK to help learners think critically about their online activities and better navigate the digital world."

Common Sense's Digital Citizenship Curriculum was designed and developed in partnership with Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and guided by research with thousands of teachers in the United States, to help learners build lifelong skills.

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