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  1. Feb
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  • Digital Citizenship Through Cybersafety

  • Young people’s use of technology in Aotearoa - New Zealand is always changing. Changes in ICT-use produce new opportunities for learning, as well as new opportunities for challenges for both students and educators.

    NetSafe conducted an online survey over Dec 2010 to Jan 2011 to find out how well teachers feel they are supported, and are confident about supporting their students, on cybersafety in the classroom.

    145 NZ educators participated in the survey.  Approximately equal proportions of primary, intermediate, and secondary educators participated – representing a range of regions and deciles.


    Key findings are:

    • In total, nearly 40% of educators reported that they were not confident supporting their students on important cybersafety issues.
    • On average, only around half (53.6%) of participants agreed that they were confident about effectively assessing their students on their important cybersafety issues.
    • Cybersafety issues far extend beyond the school gate - yet just over a third of participants (38.4%) agreed that they were confident about knowing how their students’ whÄnau and family felt about ICT in learning.
    • Around a third of participants disagreed, or were unsure, that their students understood their school’s ICT use agreement (although a minority did not use such agreements at their schools).
    • While 41.6% of participants felt that internet filtering enabled authentic teaching and learning using ICT, over half (53.3%) suggested that it restricted or made no difference to teaching.
    • Primary educators were usually most likely to report confidence and capability compared to intermediate and secondary educators.


    For a summary of the research please click here.

    For the full report please click here.


    Feel free to comment on the research.

    • Are any of these results surprising?
    • What are the key cybersafety issues for your practice?
    • Where do you think educators require support?
    • What are the best ways to provide support?
    • Any other comments?
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