BRONXVILLE, N.Y. - A Bronxville educator was recently asked to speak at a prestigious international conference about how the district helps educate parents and students to be safe, savvy and ethical users of social media and technology.
Bronxville School Director of Technology Jennifer Forsberg was a member of a panel at the Digital Citizenship Summit at Twitter headquarters in San Fransisco last week, where she discussed actions one can take to see digital citizenship and media literacy be the norm in schools around the country.
Forsberg said it’s vital that in an increasingly technological world, students get taught and trained about safely using the Internet and social media at a young age.
“It’s important to ensure that students are safe and smart online and that they know how to use the Internet and social media in positive ways,” she added. “I believe that starts early and is an integral part of their education.”
According to officials, the Digital Citizenship Summit’s mission is to advocate for parents and students to develop positive online and social media skills, to educate them on what it means to be a good digital citizen and to empower them to make a difference in the world.
“I hope to inspire other educators to ensure that parents are an integral part of this work, and that this should be a mandatory or necessary piece of the curriculum that is taught and embedded in grades K-12 and beyond into higher education,” Forsberg said.
Since coming to Bronxville from Ossining last year, Forsberg has been an advocate and leader in the push to educate students and parents about digital citizenship. Under her leadership, the district won the Lower Hudson Regional Information Center 2016 Pioneer Award for Technology by demonstrating regional leadership through its tech-based initiatives and programs that encourage critical thinking and innovation.
“The Internet and social media are very powerful tools and essential components of the learning experience,” she said. “I want to ensure that students make good choices and think critically about the decisions they make.”