“WHEREAS, The recognition of Digital Citizenship Week is proposed in simultaneous recognition of National Bullying Prevention Month, Connected Educator Month, and National Cyber Security Awareness Month; and …”

Did you hear? The California State Legislature has formally declared the week of October 16–22, 2016, as Digital Citizenship Week! Filed last month, ACR 203 integrates Digital Citizenship Week into National Bullying Prevention Month.

In Sacramento, a highlight of Digital Citizenship Week will be the 4th Annual Stand Up, Speak Out! Against Bullying rally. Hosted by the Sacramento Regional Coalition for Tolerance, the youth rally is part of their on-going commitment to promote National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. Students and community members will gather Wednesday  morning  on the North Steps of the State Capitol  to speak out against all forms of bullying. The event will feature a wall of acceptance, multi-cultural displays, and a pledge wall, along with an assortment of giveaways and raffle prizes. This year Elk Grove Unified students from Roy Herburger Elementary School and Edward Harris Middle School will be heading to the State Capitol to participate in the event. Our School Board President, Bobbie Singh-Allen, will address attendees to emphasize the importance of bullying prevention.

2016 Speak Out Against Bullying youth rally

2016 Speak Out Against Bullying youth rally

It is thanks to Common Sense Media that Digital Citizenship week is now a nationally recognized component of Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. As always, Common Sense Media kicks off the week by posting resources for families and schools. This year’s resources  include information and links for:

  • Taking  the Digital Citizenship for All Pledge.
  • Asking students to create their own pledges.
  • Challenging families to have a #DeviceFreeDinner


Device Free Dinner

Digital Citizenship Week and events like the Stand Up, Speak Out! Against Bullying rally serve as a reminder of the importance of promoting and practicing good citizenship – both online and face-to-face. We look forward to showcasing Wednesday’s rally – and any events that help students thrive in a digital world.