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Common Sense Media Leads Literacy Ed. Expansion

Common Sense Media announced last week it is expanding its free digital literacy and citizenship curriculum to include content for high school students, as well as their parents and teachers.

The San Francisco-based nonprofit youth media watchdog group unveiled a curriculum in April of 2010 to target grades 6-8, and since had broadened its focus to K-8. The addition of high school-level material, like that at other levels, is based on research from Howard Gardner and the GoodPlay Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

The curriculum covers Web safety and security, privacy, and cyberbullying, among other related issues.

Also last week, the Davie, Fla.-based Students in the Know Foundation unveiled its more narrowly focused free online program, The Bullying Academy, which will aim to educate students in grades 4-8 about bullying and cyberbullying.

The program's founder, Tommy Walser, is a former program director and executive assistant for the Environmental Coalition of Miami Beach and a current law student at New York University, according to the program's website.

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