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If you want to share your stories on this page, please feel free to join the wiki, become a member and click on the edit button. Add your school details, your name and a short synopsis about developments within your own school to develop cyber safety policy and action. Any links, videos, slideshows, presentations or documentation can also be added in the resources column of the table.
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Somerville Intermediate School , Auckland has 940 students. View the Anthropology slideshow to get an overview on who we are in the cyber world. The school was built in 1997 and has internet access almost everywhere on site. Students all have access to internet at home. Our internet policy was rewritten in 2005 and has been reviewed yearly to ensure it still meets the needs of our students and community. It is published on the school website with all the school polices.
Over the last three years teachers have been encouraged to develop online environments for their students. We are traveling the free route rather than a managed online learning environment.

The challenge is to:
•provide guidance to teachers, encourage creativity and innovation within a save environment.
•provide students with the necessary skills to make good choices in the cyber world.
•provide parents with information on the online environment that their students are using at school.

Check out our cyber safety page for an overview of what happens at our school to keep students safe and parents informed.

Currently staff are using a google doc to explore the issue around the use of ICT resources, in particular what level of teacher supervision is required.

ICT Policy

Cyber Safety Page
This page is designed to be placed on all class online environments.

Newmarket School – Developing Digital citizenship using SuperclubsPLUS

Four years ago, the staff at Newmarket school realised that their students were accessing social networking sites designed for older users. Some students were posting inappropriate comments and publishing images of others without permission. The staff also realised that the more students were accessing web 2.0 tools within the school, the harder it was to monitor this activity. A manageable alternative needed to be found and SuperclubsPLUS met the school’s requirements.
SuperclubsPLUS is a safe, protected social learning network for young children. It provides a locked-down, monitored system that allows users to connect via emails and chat forums. Users can build their own pages (including school pages) using embed code, images, animations, sounds as well as links to other safe websites. SuperClubsPLUS has also been endorsed by Professor Stephen Heppell.
With over 10,000 emails moving between 160 students within and beyond school, Principal Wendy
Kofoed has found this system to be well worth the cost - in helping to develop savvy, safe digital citizens. Previously, the school simply didn’t have the resources to monitor and moderate this level of activity before. As a result of using this programme, the teachers have noticed much higher levels of awareness from the students. The self-regulated behaviours are increasingly evident at home and parents are kept well-informed of this process.

Newmarket school is one of 15 schools currently trialing this resource and have committed to paying around $10 per head for the annual plan. Their SuperClubsPLUS webpage can be viewed at
In the first video, Newmarket School - Developing digital citizenship: Part one, Dr Wendy Kofoed, Principal of Newmarket School talks about how they came to the decision to use and pay for SuperclubsPLUS in their school. In the second video, Newmarket School - Developing digital citizenship: Part two, Wendy also talks through their current reality of using this portal while two Newmarket School students talk about working through tasks towards a ‘gold star’ rating.
The embedded PowerPoint show is an additional resource created by Wendy and lead teacher, Sonya Van Schaijik. The presentation on cyber safety was originally shared with Newmarket staff.
A big thank you to Wendy, Sonya and students, Phoebe and Luke for sharing this story.

Newmarket School - Developing digital citizenship: Part one

Newmarket School - Developing digital citizenship: Part two

Newmarket School - cyber safety PowerPoint show

Matamata DistrICT PD Cluster

Our cluster encapsulates 9 primary schools and 1 intermediate across the Matamata District. As we are taking a district-wide approach, the local College have also been included, in order to discuss and address the cybersafety issues, with particular attention to the use of web 2.0 tools.

The outcome of a short workshop with lead teachers in Term 1 to discuss issues around the use of web 2.0 tools, was that Principals needed to be fully involved so that policy decisions could be made.

The content of this slideshow was collated from a variety of sources to guide the way through a workshop with the cluster leadership team. The aim was to review where all our schools were at with their current cybersafety policies, then give our principals a clearer understanding of the issues around the use of web2.0 tools and discuss a way forward as a district of schools.

The stimulus for addressing policy and guidelines around the use of web 2.0 tools by teachers in cluster schools was driven by the realisation that the current policies and staff use agreements were insufficient for addressing site and resource ownership, and ability to access by school’s Management.

The policies originally used are based upon Netsafe recommendations.

Hinuera School's staff use agreement states:
1. Any electronic data or files created or modified on behalf of Hinuera School on any ICT, regardless of who owns the ICT, are the property of Hinuera School.
However, we do not have any registration guidelines which enabled the school/cluster to have ownership and access to the data or files. Once we started grappling to find solutions for some of the associated issues, it became clearer that we needed to put in place clear guidelines and/or policy to support the cluster schools.

As a district it is our goal to educate our wider learning community, starting with staff and parents. The process of writing policy and guidelines will be managed by the project director and facilitator with the view to creating documentation that schools agree on in principle, but can then adapt as appropriate to each situation. We plan to post this on our cluster wiki enabling schools to keep each other informed of changes made, so that we can learn together as issues and other solutions arise.

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Thank you for sharing. tessagray tessagray 3 329 May 23, 2010 by suzievesper suzievesper