Atlanta Autism School Cumberland Academy of Georgia Recognized as a Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified School

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Cumberland Academy of Georgia, an Atlanta school for students with autism and other learning disabilities, has been recognized as a Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified School.

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By preparing our students to use technology safely and responsibly, we are providing them unlimited opportunities to maximize and personalize their learning.

Common Sense, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of digital media and technology, has recognized Cumberland Academy of Georgia, a private school in Atlanta for students with autism, Asperger’s ADHD, ADD and other learning disabilities, as a Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified School.

Cumberland Academy of Georgia has demonstrated its commitment to taking a whole-community approach to preparing its students to use the immense power of digital media to explore, create, connect, and learn, while limiting the perils that exist in the online realm, such as plagiarism, loss of privacy, and cyberbullying.

"We applaud the faculty and staff of Cumberland Academy of Georgia for embracing digital citizenship as an important part of their students' education," said Rebecca Randall, vice president of education programs for Common Sense Education. "Cumberland 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."

Cumberland has been using Common Sense Education's innovative and research-based digital citizenship resources, which were created in collaboration with Dr. Howard Gardner of the GoodPlay Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The resources teach students, educators, and parents tangible 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're honored to be recognized as a Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified School," said Debbi Scarborough, headmaster and founding director of Cumberland Academy of Georgia. "By preparing our students to use technology safely and responsibly, we are providing them unlimited opportunities to maximize and personalize their learning."

For more information about Cumberland Academy of Georgia, go to http://cumberlandacademy.org/. To learn more about the criteria Cumberland met to become certified as a Common Sense Certified School, visit http://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/certification.

About Cumberland Academy of Georgia:
Cumberland Academy of Georgia specializes in the needs of students in grades 4 through 12 who have high-functioning Autism, Asperger’s, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and learning disabilities. Cumberland was founded in 2007 by Debbi and Matthew Scarborough, and is a fully-accredited, independent, non-profit school that seeks to provide a safe and supportive academic atmosphere for its students. Cumberland accepts applications year-round. To schedule a family tour, please contact Terri Brooks, Director of Admissions at 404-835-9000 or email admissions(at)cumberlandacademy(dot)org.

About Common Sense:
Common Sense is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology. We exist because our kids are growing up in a culture that profoundly impacts their physical, social, and emotional well-being. We provide families with the advice and media reviews they need to make the best choices for their children. Through our education programs and policy efforts, Common Sense empowers parents, educators, and young people to become knowledgeable and responsible digital citizens.
For more information, go to http://www.commonsense.org.

Press contacts:
For inquiries related to Cumberland Academy of Georgia:
Shari Wright
shari.wright(at)cumberlandacademy.org
404-835-9000

For inquiries related to Common Sense:
Crista Sumanik
csumanik(at)commonsense.org
415-553-6780

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