Our Digital Citizens
Over the weekend, I had the privilege of leading a group of educators from across the Asia Pacific Region, in a 3-day workshop focusing on the growing area of digital citizenship. The course was excellent and allowed me to reflect on what we do at St Peter’s and when we do it. The reality is that many of the challenges that we face alongside the many benefits of the online world, are creeping earlier and earlier. What was once an issue for Year 9 students, may in fact now be an issue for Year 5 students.
Citizenship is synonymous with belonging, family and ownership. The belonging and rights of a digital citizen come with responsibility and a desire to not do something that may cause issues down the track. Our digital footprint, what we leave behind online, is something that our children, and indeed you and I, need to have an increased understanding of.
As a result, the school will be reviewing how we approach Digital Citizenship. The how and the when, will be considered, as well as the why. We want our students to use technology in a way that will support their learning, and as they do this, to be as safe and responsible as possible.