Understanding the online safety issues facing your school is vital so you can address the key requirements for digital citizenship.
From cyberbullying to copyright infringement, students and schools face a range of internet safety challenges. Understand what the issues include and identify which you think your school community needs to address. Find out how your school benchmarks on these issues.
NetSafe has developed the Learn:Guide:Protect framework which offers schools a model for developing digital citizenship. The L:G:P approach is divided into three components. The skills and values students learn to keep themselves and others safe, the guidance they need to learn those skills and values, and the protection strategies schools can use to provide baseline safety and security.
All three aspects of Learn: Guide: Protect are required to support learners to become successful digital citizens.
The first step in this kit is to get an idea of what issues the school community is facing and how it is performing across the Learn,Guide & Protect areas.
In order to gain the best insight into the internet safety and digital citizenship challenges faced by your school, you must canvas the opinion of as many members of the school community as possible. Often the impression that adults have of the issues facing young people are very different from the issues young people themselves identify. By the same token, ICT skills or digital literacy are often measured amongst teachers, without looking specifically at their confidence with technology in the context of teaching and learning.
NetSafe recommends that in order to build a comprehensive picture of your schools starting point, you should attempt to;
- Conduct a survey to assess the internet safety issues facing your students, and their confidence in succesfully managing them
- Conduct a survey to gauge school staff confidence at supporting students to manage key internet safety issues.
- Conduct a survey to gauge family / whanau understanding of digtial citizenship issues and confidence to support young people in the challenges they experience online.
With a better idea of your schools starting point, you will be better placed to move on through the other steps in the kit, and ultimately to better support students developing the values and skills required to become successful digital citizens.