This week marks 10 years GFS has celebrated Digital Kindness Week, a key component of our digital awareness curriculum, throughout the divisions! Each year, we dedicate time during this week for students to explore what it means to be good digital citizens. Girls in K-12th Grade took part in developmentally appropriate, grade-level discussions on the impact of social media on young women's lives and the issues of privacy, online safety, inclusiveness, distraction and screentime.

"While social media and phones have changed so much over the last 10 years, the importance of educating our girls about the value of being safe, kind and responsible online has only increased. Digital Kindness Week is a purposeful time built into the year where we pause to think about how we interact with the technology around us as well as how it can affect our community and the future. The Educational Technology and Counseling departments at all division levels partner to plan engaging activities for students, parents and faculty because we believe that having all three of these groups working together will set our girls up for success," said Director of Educational Technology and Libraries Lindsay Kelland.

This week, Lower Schoolers watched the movie "Ralph Breaks the Internet" and stopped throughout the movie for discussion questions about internet usage, kindness and safety and completed activities from Common Sense Media in their Digital Discoveries class.

The Middle School focused on device usage and looked at ways to track their own screen time and utilize "downtime" or "focus" settings to minimize distractions. Students also participated in interactive lessons from The Social Institute in their Digital Thinking and Decision Making classes and worked on a Digital Kindness bingo card.

Upper Schoolers played a game of Digital Kindness Week jeopardy and designated device-free zones. Social media facts and reminders were also posted in Upper School spaces throughout the week. 

We encourage you to ask your child what she has been learning about this week as she is encouraged to reflect on her own digital habits and how she can contribute to a more positive online world!