PUSD Launches Digital Citizenship Initiative

To help prepare students for success in a globally connected world, PUSD is excited to announce a district-wide effort to become a “Common Sense” School District. This designation is an official recognition from Common Sense Education for school districts that are dedicated to teaching digital citizenship to students so they can engage responsibly, ethically, and safely as digital learners, leaders, and citizens. This includes using technology, the Internet, and digital devices while adhering to guidelines, safe practices, and behaviors that promote positive and constructive online interactions.


"PUSD is working to support awareness around online safety, cyberbullying, and a thoughtful balance between the value technology brings and the systems that need to be put into place to ensure that student learning is improved by it,” said Dr. Jennifer Burks, Associate Superintendent of Technology and Innovation. You can see the digital citizenship kick off videos at each school site at this playlist.


students and staff posing with common sense banner 


Last Spring, Sundance Elementary School was one of the first PUSD schools to officially become a Common Sense School through digital citizenship lessons and sharing resources with families. Students learned about issues such as online privacy, identifying credible sources, and digital etiquette. Digital citizenship is a fundamental part of education to ensure students’ success today and in their future. By actively working towards becoming a Common Sense School District, Poway Unified aims to prepare our students to thrive in college, career, and life. Parent and family partnership is also key in this effort, with digital citizenship being reinforced at home. For tips and resources on digital citizenship, visit the Digital Citizenship page on our website.