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Digital Citizenship Top of Page

Common Sense Education Logo - Certified Educator Digital Citizenship 2016 - 2017

About Common Sense

Common Sense is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology.  We exist because our kids are growing up in a culture that profoundly impacts their physical, social, and emotional well-being.  We provide families with the advice and media reviews they need to make the best choices for their children.  Through our education programs and policy efforts, Common Sense empowers parents, educators, and young people to become knowledgeable and responsible digital citizens.   

Pacific Trails Middle School has been recognized as a Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified School.  Please click on the links below for more about Common Sense Media and what kind of assistance, education programs, etc. being a Digital Citizenship School will provide.

Digital Citizenship Week - October 16-20, 2017Top of Page

The State Superintendent of Public Instruction has designated the week of October 16-20, 2017 as Digital Citizenship Week, 2017.
We at Pacific Trails Middle School know the importance of creating a positive school culture that supports safe and responsible technology use.  Students at Pacific Trails receive at least five hours of instruction around Digital Citizenship throughout the year in their classes.  Teachers use resources from to facilitate student learning on topics including evaluating sources/fake news, social media, smart device use/gaming, and positive online presence.
We also recognize the importance of families being involved in discussions regarding digital citizenship.  Throughout the year, we will be sending "Tip Sheets" and "Digital Dilemmas" (created by Common Sense Media) home to provide opportunities for you to be involved in these discussions with your children.
Discussion Opportunity #1 - October 16, 2017 - "Distraction, Multitasking, and Time Management".
Discussion Opportunity #2 - December 4, 2017 - "Digital Footprints and Photo Sharing".
Discussion Opportunity #3 - February 5, 2018 - "Managing Screen Time".
Discussion Opportunity #4 - April 30, 2018 - "Digital Drama" and "Selfie Culture Tip".
Reflection Question #1 - Haters and Trolls - October 16, 2017 - Who can you talk to if you are in a negative online situation?
Reflection Question #2 - Online Tracking - October 17, 2017 - How do you ensure that your private information is staying private?
Reflection Question #3 - A Sincere Compliment - October 20, 2017 - What is something you could do to make the Internet a more positive place?

Cyber Education ResourcesTop of Page

Cyber Education Consulting - Jon Moffat
"Cyber Education Consulting helps translate pre-teen/teen to adult and the other way around.  Putting digital boundries in place can seem daunting.  Gone are the days of "be home by the time the street lights come on."  Now the world is at our fingertips.  You do not need to fear technology.  With the simple tips and continuous support, we can help you and your family use technology to make real connections."  ~ From the website of Cyber Education Consulting.  Jon Moffat -