The production of cybersafety at school is enhanced when multiple stakeholders are engaged and empowered by the process. A whole school approach that involves all the stakeholders in the school community is most likely to produce cybersafety and support digital citizenship. The whole school approach involves senior management, educators, school staff, the BOT, whānau and family, and most importantly, the students themselves.
Students can take an active role in promoting cybersafety and digital citizenship. As a critical component of the school culture, students can be involved across many aspects of this process. Addressing student perspectives on these issues can produce a culture where students feel they have been listened to and be more motivated to contribute to a culture that is collaboratively defined.
Whānau and Families.
Working in partnership with parents and caregivers to foster safe and ethical behaviours is a critical factor in a whole school approach . As more educators promote ICT in learning it is important to empower whānau and families to be engaged and guide their children's safe and principled use of ICT at home.
A positive view of cybersafety, and the understanding that cyber-challenges are manageable, may lead to less parental negativity towards ICT in learning. Overseas research suggests that this would promote ICT-use in these homes, which in turn is linked to increased cybersafety knowledge for these children.
The checklist for involving the whole school community includes:
- Assess student cybersafety opinion about the digital citizenship and cybersafety issues they think are most important. Where practical incorporate student digital citizenship needs into the schools online safety programme, including classroom programmes (see Step 5. Read more...
- Parents and caregivers provide an excellent opportunity for guidance and support for their children, as well as being critical role models. Engage them as effectively as possible on internet safety and digital citizenship.Read more...
- Those that supply and support the schools ICT infrastructure have a role to play. Make sure they are kept informed about how the school approaches internet safety. Read More...