Preparing Our Students for a Digital World

Today’s students live in an increasingly complex world – with new benefits and challenges emerging at a rapid pace. To help keep up, LAUSD is teaching our students, parents and educators how to be responsible digital citizens.

What does it mean to be a digital citizen?

A digital citizen is anyone who uses information technology and/or the Internet frequently. A good digital citizen knows how to use technology and engage in online environments effectively and responsibly. The elements that define digital citizenship include behaving safely, acting responsibly, and contributing productively.

Technology is reshaping how our students communicate and interact with the world. According to the Pew Research Center, more than 95 percent of youth 12 to 17 years old use social media.

What is LAUSD doing to prepare our students?

At LAUSD, we value teaching our students how to be good digital citizens – now and in the future. This not only helps enrich their education today, it also helps set our students up for success in their future lives – whether they go directly into college or career.

The District is supporting our students, teachers and parents through three main efforts to bolster digital citizenship at LAUSD:

  • Hosting an annual Digital Citizenship Week at our schools
  • Providing professional development and instructional support
  • Partnering with Common Sense Media Education to provide digital citizenship materials, and lessons and support for our schools

Where can I get more information? Source: Instructional Technology Initiative