digital citizenship for kids nz

What is digital citizenship?

So what does digital citizenship mean?

Digital Citizenship is a pretty cool concept that we think is important to share with all children (and adults) that use the internet.

It is centred around how we behave online and what is ok.  It also means learning about how to stay safe online, how to keep your information private, and also how to ensure other people are safe and how to protect other people’s information.

What do kids learn about in digital citizenship?

Kids need to know how about what is appropriate in the online world – how they can be aware of unsafe behaviour and also be aware of how they themselves should behave.

If they understand these concepts, they will be well equipped to protect themselves and their information, and make good decisions about how to interact with others online.

Some of the examples we talk about when it comes to digital citizenship include:

  • how websites work
  • how data is transferred from place to place
  • how emails and wifi can be manipulated
  • that there are some people online that are operating in ways to try to trick or manipulate other people
  • that public information can be outside of our control (forwarded emails etc)
  • basics of privacy and legal implications of inappropriate online behaviour

How do kids know what to do if there’s a problem?

Our digital citizenship discussions involves talking about strategies.

We work through scenarios like:

  • What would you do if someone asked you for something online?
  • What should you do if this happened?
  • If a friend told you about something bad happening online, how would you help them?
  • If you saw something that didn’t seem right, how would you respond?

Talking about how to approach these situations and giving kids strategies for what to do, how to stay safe and how to protect their information is how we help to equip them for their online adventures.

How do you talk about digital citizenship?