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Digital Citizenship

What is a Digital Citizen?
A Digital Citizen is someone who engages responsibly, ethically, and safely in the digital world. This includes using technology, the Internet, and digital devices while adhering to guidelines, rules, and behaviors that promote positive and constructive online interactions. Digital citizens are aware of their online presence, rights, and responsibilities, and they strive to contribute positively to online communities while being mindful of issues such as online privacy, cyberbullying, misinformation, and digital etiquette.
PUSD Digital Citizenship Initiative
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Our students will inherit a world that is exponentially more digital than the one in which we live today. To prepare our students, we must ensure they develop skills that include the ability to collaborate with others, think critically, communicate effectively, and adapt to a changing world landscape. Poway Unified School District is committed to providing teaching and learning experiences that evolve along with the most current tools, resources, and skill sets. We want to ensure all of our students can reach their full potential.
  • Students and staff will engage in the Common Sense Digital Citizenship curriculum with ongoing expectations for responsible and safe online behavior.
  • School administration will partner with District leadership for site-level implementation. 
  • PUSD will pursue Districtwide Digital Citizenship Recognition through School and Educator Recognition pathways.
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Artificial Intelligence leverages computers and machines to mimic the problem-solving and decision-making capabilities of the human mind. While AI has the potential to provide enormous benefits, it is important to adopt responsible AI practices through Digital Citizenship for safe and ethical AI usage. We recommend the following resources from Common Sense Media.
Family Resources
Family Tech Planners
Use these tech planners to help your children think through important questions about tech use:
What will I do? How much time will I spend? Am I making thoughtful choices?
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Age 2-8 Tech Planner
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Age 9-12 Tech Planner
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Age 13+ Tech Planner
Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) in Digital Life Family Conversations
Technology impacts children's social and emotional well-being, from how they express themselves to how they communicate with friends and family. With the right support, children can learn how to integrate technology into their lives to promote their well-being and be a positive influence in their communities. Utilize these family conversation starters to help your family talk meaningfully about their digital lives.
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K–2 Packet:

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6–8 Packet: 

9–12 Packet:
Artificial Intelligence
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Helping Kids Navigate the World of Artificial Intelligence
Ways to explore the latest tech with children and guide them to use new tools responsibly.
Learn what is being discussed about generative AI tools' impact on students, both in terms of potential benefits and challenges.
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5 Tips for Talking to Your Kids About Generative AI (Video)
These tips can help your family explore and learn together to interact with AI safely.
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Digital Citizen Canvas Course
Access the Digital Citizenship Initiative Canvas Course, including access to Common Sense Media lessons, TLC information, recognition pathways, design thinking challenges, and more.
AI Common Sense Media Lessons
For secondary lessons and resources specific to Artificial Intelligence (AI), teachers can access the Common Sense Media AI Literacy Lessons.
Teachers have the opportunity to participate in two TLCs:
  • FAST TRACK Digital Citizenship (Common Sense Edu Recognition)
  •  Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Education
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