Common Sense, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of digital media and technology, has recognized Plum Point Middle School (PPMS) as the first Common Sense School in Calvert County.

PPMS 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. The recognition acknowledges the school’s commitment creating a culture of digital learning and citizenship.

Dr. Daniel D. Curry, Superintendent, said, “We are proud of Plum Point’s commitment to teaching digital citizenship. Teaching students to use technology safely and responsibly gives them foundational skills that enhance their opportunities in school and as adults in the workplace.”

PPMS has been using Common Sense Education’s innovative and research-based digital citizenship 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 100,000 classrooms nationwide.