Modern technologies provide students with the potential for experiences of unprecedented breadth, depth and relevance. As a result we must rethink what we expect of our students and set much higher expectations.  
Digital Citizenship . . . 

Using the New Zealand Curriculum, we have defined a successful digital citizen as someone who:

  • 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

“Being digitally literate is not just learning about or even with digital technologies, but is being able to participate fully in a digitally-enabled [society]”

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.


Want more? Click on the links below to find out more information on digital citizenship and activities you can complete with your whanau:

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  for teachers, parents and students about digital citizenship and being safe online.

Hector's World: Hector’s World® is a unique  cybersafety initiative for teachers and parents to help young people learn about safe online practices  and digital citizenship.

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

Digizen activitiesThe Digizen website provides information for educators, parents, carers, and young people.
BYOD (Bring Your Own digital Device) . . . 

We currently have one BYOD (bring your own device) classroom at Tawhiti School, with Year 5 and 6 students. 

Watch this space, more details to come.