THE NETSAFE KIT FOR SCHOOLS

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Step 7. Think Strategically and Long-term

Technology will continue to evolve and change, which in turn impacts the online safety landscape. The ability of staff, students and the wider community to manage those challenges will also fluctuate. As a result, maintaining a safe online environment requires ongoing activity.

Changes in technology are inevitable. Creating a cybersafe school requires ongoing leadership and engagement with the whole school community to keep pace with growing user confidence, new skill requirements and changing attitudes. Integrate digital citizenship goals into your school's annual and strategic plan.

The ICT environment in education is incredibly dynamic and rapid changes in the technology environment of schools can be expected to continue. Such changes can include the effects of new or cheaper hardware, new software and applications, and increased user-knowledge and capacity. These changes will impact school community's vision for ICT in learning, and as such alter the requirements for internetsafety and digital citizenship.

When looking at long-term planning around Digital Citizenship at your school you may want to consider the following points;

  • Digital citizenship and internet safety should be a central part of your school's wider strategic planning process. Annual BoT reporting should ensure that this critical area is given a focus within school planning processes.
  • Regularly review how changes in the school's use of ICT in learning may affect cybersafety and digital citizenship requirements. For instance consider how the introduction of new school-supported software or hardware may change the cybersafety requirements of the school.
  • The changes in the ICT environment, not to mention general staff and student turnover, mean that a digital citizenship focussed school must conduct regular audits of the school community on the key metrics of cybersafety mentioned in step one of this kit.
  • Assess the results of these audits and get the digital citizenship and cybersafety team to revisit some of the steps listed earlier in this kit if required.

The kit is not designed as a once-off process, but as something that is continually revisited as needed.

Checklist
The checklist for Step 7. Think Strategically and Long-term  is;
Complete
The school regularly reviews how changes in the school's use of ICT in learning may impact on digital citizenship and internet safety.
The school conducts regular audits of the wider community on the key metrics of cybersafety mentioned in step one of the kit.
Results of Digital Citizenship audits are used to inform practice and shape thinking. Staff will revisit some of the steps in the kit where metrics suggest further work is needed.
Digital citizenship and internet safety is a central part of the school's wider strategic planning process.