Technological and environmental changes mean that the concept of internet safety has fundamentally changed in a short passage of time. NetSafe last released a use agreement template in 2007, to a school landscape largely untouched by social media, blogs or tweets. Few would deny that the effects these technologies have had, and continue to have 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 more people and organisations conduct learning, commerce, relationships, and civic activities on the internet, they need to be confident that they are safe and secure in these practices. Internet safety has moved from protecting people and organisations to giving people the skills, knowledge and confidence to maximise opportunity online.
A cornerstone of the traditional approach was the production of "Cybersafety Policy" and "Acceptable Use Agreements" which were often characterised by detailing of prohibited behaviours and activities. The shift in model that focuses on increased preparation rather than protection then logically lends itself to a different approach in terms of policy and use agreements, from prohibited behaviours to increased individual responsibility and accountability. In other words, "Digital Citizenship Policy" and "Responsible Use Agreement."
There are three document templates available as part of the kit
It is our hope that these documents will be a useful starting point for discussions between teachers, students, parents and the wider community that will eventually lead to greater understanding of what role technology can play in not only the teaching and learning process, but also in our wider community now, and into the future.
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