Making Sense of the Common Sense Census

Jeff Mao, former Senior Director of Outreach at Common Sense Media, provided one of my favorite analogies a few years back. We were talking about how Gaggle and Common Sense Education could work together to draw attention to the need to teach Digital Citizenship and further protect students when they use school- or district-provided technology.

He compared both of our organizations’ work to teaching teenagers how to drive. Digital Citizenship is driver’s education, while products like Gaggle Safety Management are the safety equipment found in cars. In other words, you can have the best driving instructor on the planet, but without adequately inflated tires, seatbelts, rearview mirrors, backup cameras, etc., a young driver still is at risk. Similarly, the most sophisticated cars with the best IIHS safety ratings expose drivers to danger if they haven’t learned the rules of the road.

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