If you are a parent, chances are you’ve had a conversation with your child about what they’re doing on their phone, tablet, or computer. Maybe that conversation was about how much time they spend looking at a screen, or who they are talking to and about what. The universality of this conversation stresses the importance of how parents, schools, communities, and society at large approach raising the next generation of digital citizens.
Beginning in September of 2018, the Churchill School’s Mental Health and Educational Technology teams began working on a document that outlines the school’s philosophy, approach, and curriculum in Digital Well-Being. While each department and division has taught and integrated digital citizenship into their curricula for almost a decade, this was the first time the departments collaborated to gauge the health of our program. As luck would have it, almost everything being taught made sense chronologically, and was age-appropriate. The teams were able to find areas that needed some extra attention and care and other areas where curriculum developed effectively and organically.
Through these meetings, the teams were able to develop a philosophical statement, an in-depth explanation of the topics we cover, as well as a narrative description of the curriculum in each division. Included in the document is a overview of the goals of the program, some suggestions for dealing with digital technology in the home, and an annotated bibliography of suggested readings and references.
The teams are extremely proud of the document and hope you find it informative and helpful.
Education Technology Coordinator