Huntington Middle School Recognized as a Common Sense Digital Citizenship: Certified School


Common Sense, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of digital media and technology, has recognized Huntington Middle School (HMS) as a Common Sense Digital Citizenship: Certified School for educating its students to be safe, smart, and ethical digital citizens.


Huntington Middle School has demonstrated its commitment to taking a whole-community approach to preparing its students to use the immense power of digital media to explore, create, connect, and learn, while limiting the perils that exist in the online realm, such as plagiarism, loss of privacy, and cyberbullying.

“We applaud the faculty and staff of Huntington Middle School for embracing digital citizenship as an important part of their students’ education,” said Rebecca Randall, vice president of education programs for Common Sense Education. “Huntington Middle School 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.”
Huntington Middle School has been using Common Sense Education’s innovative and research-based digital-citizenship and literacy resources, which were created in collaboration with Dr. Howard Gardner of the GoodPlay Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The resources teach students, educators, and parents tangible skills related to Internet safety, protecting online reputations and personal privacy, managing online relationships, and respecting creative copyright. The free resources are currently used in more than 85,000 classrooms nationwide.

“We are extremely proud to be recognized as a Common Sense Digital Citizenship: Certified School,” said Randall Black, HMS Technology Integration Specialist. “By training our students to be exceptional digital citizens, we are enabling them to maximize and personalize their own learning.”

To learn more about the criteria Huntington Middle School met to become certified as a Common Sense Certified School, visit http://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/certification.

About Huntington Middle School
Huntington Middle School is a 6-8 comprehensive middle school located in the Southside neighborhood of Huntington, WV and serves a student population of roughly 650 students.

About Common Sense
Common Sense is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology. Common Sense provides families with the advice and media reviews they need to make the best choices for their children. Through education programs and policy efforts, Common Sense works to empower parents, educators, and young people to become knowledgeable and responsible digital citizens.

For more information, go to www.commonsense.org.

Media contacts:

For inquiries related to Huntington Middle School:
Randall Black, Technology Integration Specialist
rblack@k12.wv.us

304-528-5180 ext. 5320

For inquiries related to Common Sense:
Crista Sumanik
csumanik@commonsense.org

415-553-6780

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