Developing Digital Citizenship

Digital citizenship is a powerful enabler of inclusion in social, cultural and civil society.  Becoming a digital citizen is ‘part of who we all are’ in school; it should be planned for, and addressed, through multiple contexts including structured activities and wherever there is a meaningful opportunity to talk and learn about being online.

It is time to seek a definitive statement for digital citizenship and its relationship to ‘digital literacy’ and ‘digital fluency’. At Sunnyhills we are informed by the guidelines set by Netsafe. Netsafe’s view is that the proliferation of terms and abstract concepts does not help schools. A consensus view of the values, aims and knowledge underpinning these terms is required.

Netsafe presents a revised model of digital citizenship:

Netsafe asserts that digital citizenship combines the confident, fluent use and combination of three key elements:

and then critically:

Six Under-pining Principles for Digital Citizenship 

Netsafe advocates for the following six principles to underpin approaches to the development of digital citizenship:

Alongside the wealth of resources available on the NetSafe site for parents here, we have found that parents like the information on this site too, to support how to be aware and use cyber smarts at home.