From text bullying to sexting, student cybersafety issues are popular stories for mass media. At a time when schools are increasingly embracing ICT in learning, such negative perceptions of ICT can hinder schools’ ability to develop 21st Century learners.
The NetSafe Kit helps schools to address student cybersafety and support digital citizenship. Following expert consultation, the fourth version of the NetSafe Kit details seven steps required to produce a cybersafe learning environment with digital citizenship at its core.
Digital Citizenship can be understood as the skills, knowledge, and values required to be an effective, ethical and safe user of ICT.
The deregulated and complex environment produced by the internet means that we can no longer effectively “protect” young people from online challenges. Instead we now know we need to focus on preparing young people to face these challenges well. We also need to ensure that they have the knowledge and capacity to achieve and participate in this environment ethically.
Children and young people are never too young or old to start developing digital citizenship skills. The Netsafe Kit supports all schools from Primary through to Secondary, including Area and Composite schools to cultivate a learning environment that supports students’ safety and citizenship in cyberspace.