DMS Honored as a Common Sense Media Certified School

CSM certification-school-digital citizenship-MEDDorseyville Middle School in the Fox Chapel Area School District has been certified as a Common Sense Media School. The award is given to schools that educate students to be safe, smart, responsible, and ethical digital citizens. According to Common Sense Media, Dorseyville Middle School has demonstrated its commitment to taking a whole-community approach in preparing students to use the power of digital media to explore, create, connect, and learn, while also limiting the perils that exist online.

"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."

Common Sense Media is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of digital media and technology. 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.