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New Elementary Digital Literacy Curriculum Out

Online education watchdog group Common Sense Media has released a new version of its free digital literacy curriculum directed toward 4th and 5th graders to add to its existing material for middle schoolers.

The curriculum includes a focus on Internet and security, privacy, and responsible digital behavior, and uses print, video, and interactive components as well as real-life stories to deliver lessons on the subjects. According to a press release, cyberbullying is a major focus of the curriculum, which is based upon ethics findings of the GoodPlay Project from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

The curriculum was previously piloted at schools in San Francisco, where Common Sense Media is based, and Omaha, Neb., during the 2009-2010 school year.

The nonprofit group also announced that more than 10,000 schools have now registered to use its materials.

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