MBJH Named a Common Sense Media School
During this 2017-2018 school year, MBJH students in each grade participated in at least four lessons related to digital citizenship using resources provided through Common Sense Media (www.commonsense.org). Because we believe in the importance of helping our students navigate the virtual world confidently, positively, and creatively, all MBJH teachers were trained on this content. English, Social Studies, Math, and Science teachers each delivered a lesson to their students on a variety of related topics. Cultivating an environment in which high expectations for ethical online behavior is as important as our high expectations for our regular daily “in-person” interactions. By working with our parents, students, faculty, and community to educate our students in the responsible use of technology, we provide them with skills necessary to make positive contributions to the virtual world, while better preparing them for life beyond our walls.
Digital media and technology are evolving at a dizzying pace, both unlocking extraordinary opportunities and posing real risks for young people. Students are using the immense power of the Internet and mobile technology to explore, connect, create, and learn in ways never before imagined, both in and out of the classroom. But issues that emerge from this 24/7 "connected culture," such as cyberbullying, privacy lapses, and uncertainty about which information to trust online, are surfacing both in schools and at home.
Mountain Brook Junior High sees these as teachable moments. We believe that digital citizenship skills have become essential for students in the 21st century, especially in schools like ours that are using technology to transform learning. That's why we are committed to teaching our students how to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly. Mountain Brook Junior High has been approved as a Common School, an honor that recognizes our efforts in teaching digital citizenship to young people and engaging the entire school community in this important discussion. The recognition acknowledges our schools commitment creating a culture of digital learning and citizenship.
This honor is provided by Common Sense Education, part of a national nonprofit organization 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.
To learn more about Common Sense Education, visit www.commonsensemedia.org/educators.