Digital Citizenship and cyber safety in the classroom

What resources, scenarios can we access so our students become discerning digital citizens online?

Introduction: What do our students need to know to be safe, discerning users of technology? What resources can we use to support them? Andrew Churches has unpacked some extensive thinking about the 'Digital Citizen' and summarises the six tenets of citizenship.
  1. Respect yourself
  2. Protect yourself
  3. Respect others
  4. Protect others
  5. Respect Intellectual Property
  6. Protect Intellectual property.

For more details about the six tenets, visit Andrew Churches wiki.

Netsafe has also produced a number of resources in this area and has this advice for educators looking at incorporating digital technologies.
"Educate users about their ‘digital footprints’. It is unrealistic nowadays to tell young people not to post their information online. Most teenagers have been doing so on social network sites since before teachers even heard the word blog. But this does not mean that students should not be educated about how information they post can be used to build a profile of them, which may not always be accurate, or desirable."

It is imperative that we educate our young people about digital literacy and what it means to be a safe, savvy digital citizen. Some great resources to share with senior students can be found on the Digital Citizenship education website. You will need to register to access this material. The resources have been developed to "create awareness of intellectual property rights and foster a better understanding of the rights connected with creative content." These include:

  • Unit One: "Creative What?"
  • Unit Two: "By Rule of Law"
  • Unit Three: "Calling All Digital Citizens"
  • Unit Four: "Protect Your Work, Respect Your Work"

Scenarios by age level

On this wiki, there are resources to use at different age levels that can give your students scenarios to explore related to being a digital citizen. Additional links provide a wealth of material to support learning at these levels.

Junior scenario
Students can view videos and resources from 'Hector's World' produced by Netsafe to explore what information they should give out while online.

Middle scenario
Students can view a video showing a 'creative' solution to text bullying that was produced by students at Marina View School leading to discussion and ideas on how to create their own videos about being a digital citizen.

Secondary scenario
Students can view a video showing possible consequences of their decisions when using digital technologies. They can select an option at the end of the first video which then takes them to a new video based on this selection. They can explore how different decisions effect the outcomes to the scenario.

Subject Author Replies Views Last Message
Silicon Deep and Hector the Portector victoriafair victoriafair 4 338 May 18, 2010 by sansam sansam
Silicon Deep victoriafair victoriafair 0 250 May 15, 2010 by victoriafair victoriafair

Additional resources to consider

'Let's fight it together' Cyberbullying film

Scenario movies to share

Think before you post