Online Safety

Springfield schools, "as required by the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act, must provide for educating minors about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms, and cyberbullying awareness and response." For more information, see the Children's Internet Protection Act.

There are a number of resources that are available online for use by educators (media library specialists and teachers) to educate students about appropriate online behavior. 

Common Sense Media Lesson in Springfield Public Schools

Common Sense Media provides age-appropriate lessons that address digital literacy and citizenship topics for your classroom. You can view all lesson material without registering; registering allows you to download and print PDFs of all lessons and students materials. 

Elementary Lessons

Click here to view the list of lessons that have been selected by SPS for use at grades K-5.

Middle School Lessons

Click here to view the list of lessons that have been selected by SPS for use at grades 6-8.

High School Lessons

Click the links below to view the list of recommended Common Sense Media Digital Citizenship Lessons as identified by secondary ELA teachers.

  • Accessing All Common Sense Lessons

Step 1: Click here to see a list of all lessons. 
Step 2: Click here to register (optional, but helpful!)
Step 3: Click here to access the curriculum. Click your grade level band and then click the filter by topic icon (the icons are displayed on the left side of the Common Sense page).

Additional Resources