Common Sense Media in the United States has produced a programme which, we believe, provides a sound basis to integrate online safety and digital literacy, from Foundation Stage (4 years old) to Key Stage 5 (18 years old). To support schools in the UK, SWGfL has mapped this programme for the UK, producing a series of documents which will signpost schools to the relevant Common Sense Media lesson plans and resources, and to additional relevant materials from the UK, Europe and elsewhere. These SWGfL documents indicate the Key Stage that is equivalent to the Common Sense Media (US) age groups. The curriculum: introduces reliable, research-based information to students about digital media and their impact; helps pupils / students explore the complex issues of our connected culture; empowers pupils /students to think critically about the ways they use digital technologies as they build digital literacy skills for life; develops resilience in pupils / students to act appropriately and safely in their use of digital technologies. Lesson activities range from low-tech options, such as discussion and paper-based worksheets, to media-rich videos and internet-based activities. These materials can also be used in informal learning environments, such as after-school programmes, community centres, youth clubs and libraries. Also included are end-of-lesson questions and guidelines that offer authentic assessment opportunities to monitor the progress of your pupils or students.
Anna Karidi Pirounaki's insight:
The resource is free for schools to download online from http://www.swgfl.org.uk/digitalliteracy