Students, parents and teachers will now be better informed when it comes to engaging in positive, smart and safe online behaviour, thanks to the NSW Government’s new Digital Citizenship website.
Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning Sarah Mitchell said the new website will empower young people to be more responsible online, and aims to reduce the number of cyber-related issues youth encounter today.
“The new Digital Citizenship website will equip students, teachers and parents in NSW with the skills and knowledge to minimise the risks associated with online engagement, whilst maximising the opportunities of our digital future,” Ms Mitchell said.
The new website shows students how to ‘be positive’ by understanding online behaviour and its effect, ‘be smart’ by thinking critically and being digitally aware, and ‘be safe’ by protecting security, privacy and wellbeing.
The site provides advice and guidance to parents and carers on how to protect the wellbeing of their children in a digital environment. Teachers will also be supported through this platform to model best practice and teach students the skills they need to be responsible digital citizens.
Ms Mitchell said the website was developed in close consultation with stakeholders and experts like the Office of the eSafety Commissioner and the Office of the Advocate for Children and Young People.
“As a mother myself, I know this site will be a wonderful platform for me to better understand what children do online, and how I can promote safe online behaviour,” she said.
“For teachers, there are a wide range of curriculum-aligned learning resources available, and for students, there is access to quick support if they are experiencing difficulties or concerns when online.”
The site has been designed so students can either work independently, or guided by their parents and teachers, to utilise the various articles and resources available on or via the Digital Citizenship site.