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Subscribe for Digital Citizenship Tips from SRVUSD!

The week of October 16-20, 2017 is focused on Digital Citizenship. But here in SRVUSD we think this topic is so important that we will be sharing tips with our families throughout the month of October. We are trying something new this year by offering parents, students and staff the opportunity to receive a text message each week with information about helping students learn to be good Digital Citizens. Each text message will include information, an activity to do with your child, and additional resources. 

These text messages through are optional. If you are interested, you can sign up by either sending a text message or using the join code with the Remind app on your phone.

  • For Elementary Schools: Text the code: @98g32b  to the phone #: 81010 or use the app link:
  • For Middle Schools: Text the code: @8fb8kh  to the phone #: 81010 or use the app link:
  • For High Schools: Text the code: @34cffb to the phone #: 81010  or use the app link:

In addition to signing up for our text messages, parents can take some simple steps created by Common Sense Education to celebrate kids using technology safely, responsibly, and respectfully:

  1. Take the Digital Citizenship for All Pledge.
    1. Take the pledge
  2. Ask your kids to create their own pledges.
    Encourage your kids to write their own personal pledges about being good digital citizens in their everyday lives. A pledge could take the form of a motto or a slogan, a song, or a rap. It can rhyme, but it doesn’t have to.
    Download activity sheet
  3. Have a #DeviceFreeDinner.
    Digital citizenship doesn’t end in the classroom. Home environments also shape kids’ relationships with technology. While we promote technology use for learning, fun, and bringing people together, it’s also important to balance media and tech use with undistracted face-to-face time.
    Try the #DeviceFreeDinner challenge with your families to drive home the message of balance with device use:

How to Set Up Parental Controls on your Home Network

  The internet contains a whole world of websites, images, videos, and more. Some of this content is inappropriate for teens and children. Kids may stumble upon them innocently, with a misspelled web address, search term, etc. The internet also opens a window to online bullying, predatory adults, and illegal downloading of copyrighted content are other… Continue Reading

Three More SRVUSD Schools Earn Digital Citizenship Certification!

Congratulations! Country Club Elementary School, Stone Valley Middle School and Tassajara Hills Elementary have all been named a Common Sense Certified School: Digital Citizenship for the 2016-2017 school year! All three schools are dedicated to teaching young people how to be safe, responsible digital citizens. Country Club, Stone Valley, and Tassajara Hills earned this certification by… Continue Reading

Digital Lingo Decoded

Students are constantly coming up with clever, short, and to-the-point phrases that can make communication quicker and in many ways more interesting. In order to keep a pulse on what teens are talking about, we need to know how to decode their shorthand. Common Sense Media provides a Digital Glossary to give parents and teachers a window into the world of… Continue Reading

Start the New Year off on the Right Foot!

Happy New Year! As we kick-off 2017, it is a good idea to take some time and do a digital footprint check. Here are some tips to get off on the right (digital) foot: Check your privacy settings. Some social media sites change their privacy controls from time to time so always double-check the settings. Keep in mind that these settings may… Continue Reading

Vista Grande Elementary School Earns Digital Citizenship Certification!

Congratulations! Common Sense Media has recognized Vista Grande Elementary School as a Common Sense Certified School: Digital Citizenship. Vista Grande is the first SRVUSD school in the 2016-17 school year to earn their certification! The school has demonstrated its commitment to taking a whole-community approach to preparing its students to use the immense power of digital… Continue Reading

U.S. Department of Education Videos Added to Resources Page

We’ve added some new resources for parents on our website. Click HERE to see them.  Within those resources, we’ve added the following videos from the U.S. Department of Education: The ABCs of Student Directory Information is about why a school would want to use student directory information and the types of information that fall into this category. It… Continue Reading

How Students Can Use Social Media to Impress Prospective Colleges

For college-bound students, the simplest thing they can do to impress prospective schools is not their GPA or extracurricular activities…it’s their Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, YouTube, Vine, and other public social media feeds. Whether we like it or not, more and more college admissions offices are looking at prospective student’s social media accounts. Here are 5 tips for students who would… Continue Reading

A Powerful Reminder about the Dangers of Texting While Driving

This moving video shows real teens reacting to a texting while driving tragedy. Sadly, the dangers of this habit affect people every day. By taking steps to educate others on these incidents, these types of tragedies can be avoided. Here are some helpful tips on how to avoid texting/checking your phone while behind the wheel. Turn your… Continue Reading

Green Valley Elementary Students Teaching Parents Why Digital Citizenship Matters

Green Valley Elementary School parents got a special treat on Wednesday when students joined SRVUSD Technology Teacher-on-Special-Assignment Angie Corritone in talking to parents about the importance of teaching Digital Citizenship. One 3rd grader and two 5th graders shared the important things that they had learned in class through Common Sense Media lessons. The students will present… Continue Reading

Iron Horse Middle School Teaching Kids to Make Smart Decisions Online

Iron Horse Middle School students are learning about Digital Citizenship through their computer class. Over a period of one week, all Mr. Wartenberg’s students experienced lessons on password protection, smart posts and respect online. They also experienced Common Sense Media’s Digital Compass, an animated choose-your-own-path interactive gaming platform. “Social media and having a digital presence… Continue Reading

Thursday is Device Free Dinner Night for Live Oak Elementary

Live Oak Elementary families are participating in Common Sense Media’s #DeviceFreeDinner challenge Thursday night as part of Digital Citizenship Week. Families are encouraged to put away devices during dinner and focus on the balance between devices and family time. To learn more about #DeviceFreeDinner visit the Common Sense Media website to take the pledge. “We… Continue Reading

SRVUSD Schools Recognizing Digital Citizenship Week!

Today is the first day of Digital Citizenship Week and schools across the San Ramon Valley Unified School District are recognizing the week through a variety of activities. Our fabulous Technology Teachers-on-Special-Assignment, Kristen Berg and Angie Corritone, have been working with schools to help them implement lessons in the classrooms.  At schools throughout the District,… Continue Reading

SRVHS sets the stage for Digital Citizenship

San Ramon Valley High School (SRVHS) is setting the stage for talking with students about their use of technology through multiple screenings of the documentary “Screenagers” and conversations in the classroom on Digital Citizenship. “SRVHS is the District’s first school to completely adopt a 1:1 initiative that includes a ‘bring your own device’ component. The… Continue Reading

Teens and Tech: The New Landscape

Common Sense Media has published a new video “Teens and Tech: the New Landscape.” The video talks about how technology has changed the way young people access information. It features Merve Lapus, Common Sense Media’s Education Program Manager, who has helped guide SRVUSD on our Digital Citizenship journey. Check it out:         Continue Reading

Los Cerros Staff Featured in Common Sense Media Videos!

How exciting! Los Cerros Middle School educators are featured in Common Sense Media videos. The videos highlight the importance of teaching digital citizenship to students. This year, Common Sense Media is asking teachers to take the following pledge: “I pledge to empower my students to use technology safely, responsibly, and effectively. Together, we will provide… Continue Reading

Congratulations on a Great Year!

What a great year for SRVUSD! Thanks to all our staff, students, parents and community partners for your commitment and participation in our Digital Citizenship outreach efforts during the 2016-2017 school year. Below is a quick summary of this year’s many accomplishments! Launched in October Digital Citizenship Week and Board Resolution approved in October… Continue Reading

Live Oak Elementary Named Digital Citizenship School!

Congratulations to Live Oak Elementary School for being the latest school in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District to be named a Common Sense Media “Digital Citizenship Certified School!” School administrators were told on Friday, May 13, that their application to become a Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified School for the 2015-2016 school year was approved. Live Oak Elementary School… Continue Reading

Gale Ranch Middle School Earns Certification!

Congratulations to Gale Ranch Middle School for earning distinction of being a Common Sense Media “Digital Citizenship Certified School!” Gale Ranch Middle School joins Los Cerros Middle School and Bollinger Canyon Elementary in this distinction. So what does it take to be a “Digital Citizenship Certified School?” The following Questions and Answers are modified from… Continue Reading

A teacher’s insight into becoming a Common Sense Media Certified Educator

Angie Corritone is one of a growing number of San Ramon Valley Unified School District teachers who have become a Common Sense Media Certified Educator. Angie is a Technology Teacher-on-Special-Assignment (TSA) for the San Ramon Valley Unified School District, with over 20 years of experience in educational technology. In the following Q&A, she shares her… Continue Reading

Check Your Online Reputation

We create online reputations every time we post information about ourselves in today’s digital world. We often call the accumulation of this information a “Digital Footprint.”  The good news is that we have some control over that reputation through the information and images we post and the privacy settings on websites. We also have the… Continue Reading