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Digital citizenship is about building safe spaces and communities, understanding how to manage personal information, and about being internet savvy. A recent technology survey by Sonoma County school districts found that digital citizenship was among the highest-ranked areas of need cited by respondents. How can K-12 schools support learning about digital citizenship? One strategy is to have agreed-upon content that students at all grade levels consider each month. To support this effort, SCOE is featuring monthly, grade-specific resources from Common Sense Media that focus on a specific monthly theme. Access grade-specific digital citizenship resources here.

Digital Citizenship Resources

Common Sense Media is an excellent resource for digital citizenship tips as well as curriculum. Access Common Sense Media digital citizenship curriculum here.



It may be helpful to know that over 10,000 other schools use GoGuardian to protect 5.5 million students across the world, and the Global Educator Institute has endorsed the GoGuardian Teacher product.

How are we using GoGuardian?


We have chosen GoGuardian Admin and GoGuardian Teacher services to:


  • Help protect students against harmful and inappropriate online material
  • Help students stay “scholarly” and more focused when learning online
  • Facilitating communication between teachers and students during class time


When and how does GoGuardian operate?

GoGuardian’s web-based services operate on our school’s managed Google Suite for Education Chrome accounts (i.e., when a student is logged into Chrome or a Chromebook with his/her school email address).


What are the school’s responsibilities?

West Side selected GoGuardian services to help our students stay safer and more scholarly online. We will work with students during class time to help teach them digital responsibility and safety.  Additionally, we will train teachers about how to operate GoGuardian and about our policies and procedures to help protect student privacy.

What are my parental/guardian and child’s responsibilities?

We ask that students uses their school-managed Google accounts and school-managed devices for educational purposes within the boundaries of West Side’s Technology Acceptable Use Agreement.

When a student is off campus, parents are responsible for supervising internet access and usage. We encourage you to discuss rules for appropriate internet usage with your child, and reinforce lessons of digital citizenship and safety with him or her.  We also highly encourage you to report any potential cyberbullying or other sensitive issues to us.

How does GoGuardian help protect my child’s privacy?

To help your child remain scholarly and safe online, GoGuardian collects certain personally identifiable information about your child.  GoGuardian has consulted with privacy experts, participates in privacy organizations, is a proud signatory of the Student Privacy Pledge, and has been awarded certifications by iKeepSafe for complying with both Family Education Rights and Privacy Act and California student privacy laws.