THE NETSAFE KIT FOR SCHOOLS

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Step 4. Actively involve the whole school community

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.

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:

Checklist
The checklist for Step 4. Actively involve the whole school community is;
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The student voice is considered when attempting to understand the needs of and challenges faced by digital citizens.
The importance of family and whanau in digital citizenship outcomes has been considered.
External ICT suppliers understand the school's digital citzenship approach to internet safety.