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"Cyberspace, the environment created by the internet and mobile phones, has become a major developmental context for young people in Aotearoa/New Zealand" (Fenaughty, 2010)
Few would deny that the effects technology has had, and continue to have, on the environment in which students find themselves, are transformational. These transformations, driven by positive effects on teaching and learning mean that internet safety now plays a direct role in the practices of a digitally literate population.
As new environment can allow for increased and higher participatory use of technology in education. Students and teachers are, and will be, increasingly immersed in an ultra-fast participatory web experience. In this highly fluid environment, the effectiveness of technological and policy measures that schools have previously relied on to protect users from risk is decreasing. Attention must therefore shift to increasing the capability of young people as participants in a digital society or 'digital citizens', and the capability of those that act as guides of the digital society.
Thus, while early safety strategies focussed on limiting young people's exposure to inappropriate material on ICT, a digital citizenship approach to safety considers challenges, and looks at responses. It favours the development of resiliency over supervision and censorship. In short it see a shift from protection to preparation.
A vital part of this strategy, is to understand not only what activity young people are engaged in, but also what challenges they face, and how successfully they manage them. Armed with this information, those who role it is to foster the development of digital citizens can begin to identify where support is needed, and in doing so provide the appropriate guide to improve the resiliency of the young people in their care.
This student Digital Citizenship survey will provide insight into the activities and associated challenges that young people experience, but will also provide data against a range of digital citizenship markers which should help provide a background for the development of digital citizenship programmes within your school.
You can preview the survey questions here, or if you are already a survey administrator, you can set up a student digital citizenship survey for your school from the survey admin tools.