Dorseyville Middle School Certified As Common Sense School

CSM certification-school-digital citizenship-MEDCommon Sense Media, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of digital media and technology, has certified Fox Chapel Area School District's Dorseyville Middle School as a Common Sense School for educating its students to be safe, smart, and ethical digital citizens.

Dorseyville Middle School 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.

"We applaud Dorseyville Middle School for embracing digital citizenship as an important part of their students' education," said Rebecca Randall, vice president of education programs for Common Sense Media. "Dorseyville Middle School 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."

Dorseyville Middle School has been using Common Sense Media's innovative and research-based digital literacy and 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 reputation and personal privacy, what to share and what not to share, managing online relationships, and respecting creative copyright. The free resources are currently used in more than 65,000 classrooms nationwide.

"We're honored to be recognized as a Common Sense School," said principal, Jon Nauhaus. "By preparing our students to use technology safely and responsibly, we are providing them unlimited opportunities to maximize and personalize their learning."

For more information about Dorseyville Middle School, go to http://dms.fcasd.edu. To learn more about the criteria Dorseyville Middle School had to meet to become certified as a Common Sense School, visit http://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/certification.