Richmond Elementary Receives National Certification in Digital Citizenship

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  • Briana Warner
  • 2/2/2017

South Charleston, West Virginia – Richmond Elementary School in South Charleston has been recognized by national nonprofit Common Sense as a ‘Common Sense Certified School: Digital Citizenship’ for the 2016-2017 school year. The school demonstrated its commitment to taking a whole-community approach to preparing its students to use digital media to explore, create, connect, and learn, while limiting the dangers that exist online, such as plagiarism, loss of privacy, and cyberbullying.

"We're honored to be recognized as a Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified School," said Jill Messinger, Richmond Elementary School library/media specialist and technologist. "By preparing our students to use technology safely and responsibly, we are providing them unlimited opportunities to maximize and personalize their learning."

Richmond Elementary has been using Common Sense Education's research-based digital citizenship resources, which teach students, educators, and parents 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 90,000 classrooms nationwide.

"We applaud the teachers and staff at Richmond Elementary for embracing digital citizenship as an important part of their students' education," said Jessica Lindl, Head of Common Sense Education. "Richmond Elementary deserves high praise for giving its students the foundational skills they need to compete and succeed in the 21st-century workplace and participate ethically in society at large."

Richmond Elementary joins other Kanawha County Schools who’ve received this national certification. Sissonville Middle School, Holz Elementary and Edgewood Elementary all received this certification during the 2015-2016 school year.

“I am proud of all of our schools who have achieved this national certification,” said Dr. Ron Duerring, Kanawha County Schools superintendent. “Digital citizenship is one of the most important skills that we can teach our children in this technology age.”

For more information about Richmond Elementary School, go to  To learn more about the criteria Richmond Elementary met to become certified as a Common Sense Certified School, visit

About Common Sense Education 

Common Sense Education provides teachers and schools with free research-based classroom tools to help students harness technology for learning and life. Our K–12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum and interactive games teach students how to make safe, smart, and ethical decisions in the digital world. Our educational ratings and reviews platform helps educators discover, use, and share high-quality digital products that propel student learning. Common Sense Education works with more than 340,000 teacher members in over 110,000 schools to help ensure all children have the opportunity to thrive in the 21st century.

Common Sense is the nation's leading nonprofit organization dedicated to helping families and educators thrive in a world of media and technology. To see all of Common Sense's education resources, visit