PERU — Peru Central School District has received commendation for incorporating a digital citizenship curriculum.
"Common Sense, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of media and technology," has designated the district a "Common Sense School," according to a press release.
"We applaud the faculty and staff of Peru for embracing digital citizenship as an important part of their students' education," Common Sense Education Vice President of Education Programs Liz Kline said in a statement.
"Peru deserves high praise for giving its students the foundational skills they need to compete and succeed in the 21st-century workplace and participate ethically in society at large."
The press release said the district has demonstrated its commitment to both preparing students to think critically and use technology responsibly as well as educating them about perils of the online realm, including plagiarism and cyberbullying.
"With the right support, kids can take ownership of their digital lives, engage with real issues and change their communities for the better."
Peru Central has been using Common Sense Education's digital citizenship resources, which were created by Project Zero researchers based at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and grounded in real issues students and teachers face.
The resources teach skills related to internet safety, personal privacy, media balance and media literacy, among others, the press release said.
"We're honored to be recognized as a Common Sense School," District Technology Coordinator Nicholas Damiani said.
"By preparing our students to use technology safely and responsibly, we are providing them an opportunity to build lifelong habits to help them succeed in a tech-driven world."