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The California Department of Education encourages schools to recognize Digital Citizenship Week and Common Sense Education celebrates #DigCitWeek with new activities each year. 

Digital Citizenship Week is the perfect opportunity for schools and families to reflect on how they can continue working together, preparing our students to think critically, be kind and respectful to others online, and to use their technology/devices and social media in positive, creative and powerful ways.  

All of our EGUSD Digital Citizenship Site Coordinators have been busy submitting their Digital Citizenship Implementation Plans for the 2022- 23 school year. We are once again encouraged to see that there continues to be a shift over previous plans, with some new submissions now including Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and Social and Cultural Literacy components. Last school year, Common Sense Education recognized the need to connect both topics to Digital Citizenship and took action by creating and linking to some incredible resources that we have shared with our EGUSD teachers and administrators. 

We invite you to explore these Common Sense Education resources in hopes that they inspire you to teach or learn something “new to you” during Digital Citizenship Week or throughout the school year. 

EGUSD Educators – please visit our EGUSD Digital Citizenship Curriculum Google Site* for customized grade level Digital Citizenship Week activities included in the Digital Citizenship Week section of the homepage. *Note: Access to the EGUSD Digital Citizenship Curriculum Google Site is limited to EGUSD staff only. You must use your district Google account to login.

On top of Digital Citizenship Week, October is also National Bullying Prevention and Character Education Month. EGUSD supports the rights of students and staff to attend schools that are safe and free from violence, harassment, bullying and discrimination. 

EGUSD also recognizes the importance of incorporating character education into a student’s curriculum. Character education helps teach students how to understand, appreciate and internalize positive character traits such as trustworthiness, respect, fairness, caring, citizenship, civic virtue, honesty and personal responsibility. 

For resources to build and develop character in youth visit these sites:

Families can talk with their children about their school and digital lives and the many roles children can play in bullying/cyberbullying. By asking open-ended questions, they can engage their children in conversation about their experience and communicate expectations about appropriate behavior – in person and in their digital world.

EGUSD and the California Department of Education (CDE) also have many bullying/cyberbullying prevention and character education resources available online. We welcome you to check them out.

Additionally, you can follow @CommonSenseEd, #DigCit and #DigCitWeek on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to participate in all Digital Citizenship Week chat through social media.

We would love to showcase #DigCitWeek activities happening at our EGUSD schools. From lessons, to video creation, to guest speakers, please keep us in the loop with whatever you are planning.