The Bits in the Guide layer will help educators integrate the concepts of digital citizenship across all learning areas.
They promote staff, student and community discussion and can help create a common understanding of effective and safe use of technologies in the school community.
Cyberbullying is a big concern for children and young people and parents and caregivers can gain more information and advice by going to
Young people may be exposed to content wihich disturbs them, upsets them, confuses them. Read more about this here
The rapid growth and rate of change in social networking sites has created some concerns for New Zealand educators. As well as providing quick and easy channels for communication, social networking has brought to light a number of issues arising from the public nature of opinions and comments and the amount of personal information that is publically accessible.
The Digizen site based in the UK offers material on Barriers and Risks to Exploiting Social Networking in Education
A potential focus actiity around digital footprint. This blog links to the story of a young girl who's social media outburst led to a breach of a court order, and the loss of a fairly substantial payout, but also tries to provide a quick answer to the question;
The very idea of the Guide layer in the LGP model recognises the role that all guides play in suporting young people as they aquire the necessary skills to become succesful digital citizens. WHen we talk about guides it is easy to simply place teachers into that role (guides on the side) and put the onous on them to increase their skill and confidence levels in supporting young people.
But the idea of guides has always tried to encompass all guides, teachers, community leaders, peers and particularly parents.
When you consider the amount of time that young people spend online outside of school, it seems obvious that parents as highly important in the guiding process.
But where do parents go to improve their knowledge, to build there confidence? Research carried out by the ACMA in Australia identified that parents see the best channel for this type of support is direct from schools, or at least recommended by schools that their children are attending.
This short list of suggestions, is a series of managable, "bite sized" chunks of digital citizenship advice written by expert practitioners that schools can feed out to their community to try and help in this learning process. Perhaps their is something here that appeals to you, or seems to support what you are trying to do in your school.
Here at NetSafe we have been gaving a few conversations about Snapchat. There appears to be some confusion as to what it does, how it works and wether is poses any threat to young people.
A thought provoking article that talks about the role of social media both acutely and downstream of major events. It references how students learned from and then interacted with the news of the Boston Bombing online rather than via "traditional" media
Each time NetSafe gets together with groups of teachers, there is invariably a discussion around Facebook and its use in the classroom. Put any group of educators together and you are likely to have a range of opinions from whole hearted support for the social network, to those who feel that it has no place inside a classroom.