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The Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum
Kids and teens today are using the immense power of digital media to explore, connect, create, and learn in ways
never before imagined. With this power, young people have extraordinary opportunities, and yet they face potential
pitfalls, too. Meanwhile, schools are dealing with the associated ramifications — like cyberbullying, digital cheating,
and safety and security concerns. These issues underscore the need for students to learn — and for teachers to
teach — digital literacy and citizenship skills.
Common Sense Media’s Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum empowers students to think critically,
behave safely, and participate responsibly in our digital world.
These 21st-century skills are essential for students
to harness the full potential of technology for learning. This curriculum introduces reliable, research-based information to students about digital media and their impact
• Offers a comprehensive yet balanced approach in addressing safety and security concerns, including
ethics and behavior issues, as well as digital literacy skills
• Includes research-based lessons • Provides student-centered, media-rich lesson materials that emphasize skill building, critical thinking,
ethical discussion, media creation, and decision making to students of all ages
• Addresses the whole community by providing materials to educate parents and families about
• Satisfies criteria for CIPA E-rate compliance
• Aligns to the Common Core State Standards, the International Society for Technology in Education’s
National Education Technology Standards (ISTE’s NET•S), and the American Association of School
Librarians (AASL) Standards
• Includes rich professional development resources such as tutorials, videos, and webinars.
The Scope & Sequence consists of three units for each of the grade bands K-2 and 3-5. Each unit is comprised of five lessons, which spiral to address a cross-curricular approach. The units build on
each other by reinforcing developmentally appropriate topics. You can use the units either sequentially by grade or
at any grade level within this band.