KQED, the NPR and PBS member station serving Northern California, joins a diverse group of tech, education, and media organizations to launch the Digital Citizenship Commitment campaign (DigCitCommit) with the goal of reaching one million students by 2021 by engaging educators and providing them with the tools to teach a new definition of digital citizenship and wellbeing.
Through the development and sharing of curated and updated resources online and at in-person events, the DigCitCommit campaign provides educators with a set of competencies that teaches youth to be safe online as well as instill in them a strong sense of digital literacy, civility, community, and engagement that will preserve and perpetuate our democracy.
KQED is the only public media organization among the founding partners and brings deep experience in education, taking the lead on media literacy as a key component of digital citizenship. KQED provides free professional learning courses for teachers and classroom resources that help students learn to be informed, inclusive and engaged online.
“DigCitCommit aligns with KQED’s mission to nurture civic engagement skill building among youth and to amplify youth voices,” says Holly Kernan, Chief Content Officer at KQED. “Digital citizenship and media literacy are fundamental skills for participation in democratic life.”
The five DigCitCommit competencies – inclusive, informed, engaged, balanced, and alert – are designed to focus less on a list of DON’Ts and more on a proactive approach of DOs that challenge students to stay safe, solve problems and become a force of positivity. The DigCitCommit campaign and the competencies were previewed at ISTE19 to more than 20,000 attendees.