Loudoun County Public Schools is committed to preparing students to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly in our digital world. Therefore, LCPS has partnered with Common Sense, whose Common Sense Education Program enables educators to empower the next generation of digital citizens. To learn more about the mission of Common Sense, click here.
Loudoun Valley High School is using Common Sense Media's Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum to encourage students to embrace our Viking Values when they are online: to use technology safely, respectfully, and responsibly. This curriculum addresses topics such as:
- Media Balance and Well-Being
- Digital Footprint and Identity
- News and Media Literacy
- and others!
Feel free to visit their Digital Citizenship Curriculum Page to learn about their research-based curriculum and see lesson overviews. You can also use the Family Media Agreement to set realistic guidelines that work for your family. Finally, you can also look here for advice pieces and articles.
Several lessons have been completed with students this year:
- Government Classes looked at online privacy and the 4th Amendment.
- The whole school did a lesson tying Digital Citizenship to our Viking Values and looked at how we can act with empathy and positivity when we are online.
- Ninth grade PE classes met with Officer Vess and addressed how students can manage their own digital footprint as well as how they can respect the privacy of others online.
- Tenth grade PE classes reflected on how their relationships are affected by devices and the internet and discussed how to keep their relationships positive and healthy.
- Ninth grade English classes discussed misinformation and learned how to use lateral reading as a strategy to verify the accuracy of information online.
- Tenth grade PE classes looked at how social media makes them feel and brainstormed ways to find media balance in their lives.
For more parent resources, visit the Common Sense Media website