What is Digital Citizenship?

Technology changes have brought many new learning opportunities to New Zealand school students. New technology has also created challenges for schools to prepare our students to become global, digital citizens for the 21st Century.

As digital citizens - students will need to use technology confidently and safely, in a way that supports modern learning and helps them participate in the future work force.

Digital literacy or the ability to understand and fully participate in the digital world is fundamental to digital citizenship. It is the combination of technical and social skills that enable a person to be successful and safe in the information age. Like literacy and numeracy initiatives which provide people with the skills to participate in the work force, digital literacy has become an essential skill to be a confident, connected, and actively involved life long learner.

A digital citizen:

  • is a confident and capable user of ICT
  • uses technologies to participate in educational, cultural, and economic activities
  • uses and develops critical thinking skills in cyberspace
  • is literate in the language, symbols, and texts of digital technologies
  • is aware of ICT challenges and can manage them effectively
  • uses ICT to relate to others in positive, meaningful ways
  • demonstrates honesty and integrity and ethical behaviour in their use of ICT
  • respects the concepts of privacy and freedom of speech in a digital world
  • contributes and actively promotes the values of digital citizenship

Digital Citizenship and Cybersafety at Auroa School

Auroa School aims to teach students to be safe users of technology and manage online challenges effectively. We recognise that digital citizenship is a core part of the New Zealand curriculum and this is reflected in all subject areas.

Teaching and Learning: Professional development is available to all staff around ethical use of digital media and how to embed the necessary digital literacy skills into the classroom. From the introduction of 1 to 1 iPad BYOD in 2015 students and teachers will be supported to use the schools online tools effectively and safely. Students will learn about responsible online behaviour and current issues in the digital world.

Cybersafety: Misuse of digital technology is an issue that Auroa School takes very seriously. Students and teachers are expected to adhere to the guidelines set out in the school ICT agreement.

Digital Literacy: Students need to have the ability to find, critically evaluate and create resources online, as well as understand copyright issues.

Further Information for Parents/Caregivers

What is digital citizenship?: NetSafe, in consultation with New Zealand teachers has produced this definition of a New Zealand Digital Citizen.

Learn, Guide, Protect Project: The LGP project produces content to support digital citizenship and digital literacy education.

Netsafe: New Zealand’s dedicated organisation that offers resources covering key issues for teachers, parents and students about digital citizenship and online safety.

Cyber bullying in New Zealand: John Fenaughty, Research Manager at NetSafe, discusses cyber bullying in New Zealand and offers advice for parents.