Children are typically more Internet savvy than their parents. But that doesn’t mean they always know whom to “friend” online. Students at the West Side Collaborative Middle School on Manhattan’s Upper West Side are getting lessons in digital diplomacy. Common Sense Media, a national nonprofit organization, offers students programs on proper Internet behavior, awareness and critical thinking.
Common Sense provides the free curriculum for more than 35,000 schools in the U.S. They partner with the NYC Dept. of Ed through the Connected Learning program, a federally funded program overseeing broadband use, BTOP (Broadband Technology Opportunities Program.)