Education is changing. Digital technologies are everywhere and they are impacting what, where, how and why students learn, and who they learn from. Many schools are using digital technologies like the internet, laptops and tablets to quickly, easily and cost- effectively connect students with the huge range of digital services and resources. However, the many benefits of learning with digital technologies are accompanied by some challenges and potential risks for students and schools. These ‘digital challenges’ are real and present a dilemma to schools seeking to use digital technology to enhance student learning.
The Education Act 1989 contains provisions that are directly relevant to how schools should manage an incident, such as bullying, that involves digital technology. This guide provides specific advice schools on how to manage digital technology under the legislation relating to searches and confiscation of property. It is a companion to the Guidelines for the Surrender and Retention of Property and Searches released by the Ministry of Education in January 2014.
This guide also provides general advice for schools about preventing incidents by promoting safe and responsible use of digital technology.
It was produced by the cross-sector Online Safety Advisory Group convened by the Ministry of Education. NetSafe is a member of this group and led the content development of this guide.