Digital Citizenship Certification – First in NH!

20150304_105749Digital 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.

Common Sense, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of digital media and technology, has recognized Saint Benedict Academy as a Common Sense Digital Citizenship: Certified School for educating its students to be safe, smart, and ethical digital citizens.

Saint Benedict Academy is the first and only school in the State of New Hampshire to receive this recognition.

Saint Benedict Academy 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. This information is communicated in lessons in Ms. Christine Maloof’s weekly Educational Technology classes. Information is also sent via a monthly newsletter that Ms. Maloof co-writes with Principal Michael McLaughlin. The school also hosted a special Internet Safety Session for Parents this Fall with the Manchester Police Department.

“We applaud the faculty and staff of Saint Benedict Academy for embracing digital citizenship as an important part of their students’ education,” said Rebecca Randall, vice president of education programs for Common Sense Education. “Saint Benedict Academy, and Educational Technology Teacher Ms. Christine Maloof in particular, deserve high praise for giving students the foundational skills they need to compete and succeed in the 21st-century workplace and participate ethically in society at large.”

IMG_5056Saint Benedict Academy has been using Common Sense Education’s innovative and research-based digital-citizenship and literacy 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 reputations and personal privacy, managing online relationships, and respecting creative copyright. The free resources are currently used in more than 85,000 classrooms nationwide.

“We’re honored to be recognized as a Common Sense Digital Citizenship: Certified School,” said Saint Benedict Academy Principal McLaughlin. “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 the criteria Saint Benedict Academy met to achieve this recognition, visit www.commonsense.org.