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Safer Internet Day

Safer Internet Day logo“Let’s create a better internet together” is the slogan for the global celebration today, which is organised by NetSafe.

Safer Internet Day encourages us to think about our role in developing a safer and more responsible online experience for children and young people. 

The Enabling e-Learning website and community have resources for teachers and school leaders to use. These are designed to support with increasing student, parent, and teacher understanding of being a responsible digital citizen. 

A digital citizen understands the rights and responsibilities of inhabiting cyberspace.

What does NetSafe say?

NetSafe defines a digital citizen as someone who:

  • is a confident and capable user of ICT
  • uses technologies to participate in educational, cultural, and economic activities
  • uses and develops critical thinking skills in cyberspace
  • is literate in the language, symbols, and texts of digital technologies
  • is aware of ICT challenges and can manage them effectively
  • uses ICT to relate to others in positive, meaningful ways
  • demonstrates honesty and integrity and ethical behaviour in their use of ICT
  • respects the concepts of privacy and freedom of speech in a digital world
  • contributes and actively promotes the values of digital citizenship.

Sean Lyons, Chief Technology Officer from NetSafe, discusses their definition of digital citizenship and how it fits into the National Curriculum.

What are other schools doing?

 
Albany Senior High School deputy principal Miranda Makin describes how digital citizenship is embedded within classroom practice so students understand and make safe and informed choices when accessing and sharing information on the Internet. St Hilda's Collegiate keep their Internet as open as possible and manage its usage by educating their students. With ultra-fast broadband, staff and students are using the Internet constantly to both upload and download. 

 

What can you do?

 

Join the facilitated discussion Special 24 hour discussion: Safer Internet Day in the Digital citizenship group and share what you are doing at your school 

Spread the word – share Safer Internet Day with your school community 

Publicise the slogan and banner on your school website, in your blog, newsletter, school tweets.
Use the information and images on the Safer Internet Day website.

Check out the Connect Smart website

Connect Smart is a central hub providing cyber security information and resources to New Zealanders. 

Use resources on Enabling e-Learning to find out more about Digital citizenship 

Digital citizenship modules
These free self-paced learning modules can be used for professional development, or with your class. The modules are flexible, so you can select content that is relevant to you, your class, and your school. Questions for reflection and discussion are contained in each module. These can either be worked through face-to-face with your colleagues or you can participate in an online discussion in Digital citizenship group.

Digital citizenship and cybersafety in schools
Information, school stories, resources, research, and readings for learning and teaching

Challenge your students to think about and present how they can help to create a better internet

Students can consider how to:

  • be thoughtful and respectful to others online
  • protect their online reputations 
  • create, engage, and share online safely.

Take a look at the NetSafe kit for schools.