Young people are already citizens, online and offline. Online, digital citizenship skills, values, and behaviours are vital.
A digital citizen is 'someone who can fluently combine digital skills, knowledge and attitudes in order to participate in society as an active, connected, lifelong learner,' using Netsafe's 2016 definition.
Students benefit in their learning and life when they're able digital citizens. It supports the vision of the New Zealand Curriculum for young people to:
- be confident, connected, actively involved, and lifelong learners
- seize the opportunities offered by new knowledge and technologies to secure a sustainable social, cultural, economic, and environmental future for our country
- develop the values, knowledge, and competencies that will enable them to live full and satisfying lives.
It is important that all school staff model good digital citizenship, so staff need to develop their individual awareness and capability. Share these documents as part of your school's development plan.
What is a good digital citizen? (pdf, 187KB)
Digital citizenship agreement for school staff – template (docx, 164KB)