Boost online safety and digital citizenship
With NetSupport DNA, your school gains a built-in online safety toolkit to help maintain a safe learning environment, classroom management tools to help teachers leverage the full value of technology-enhanced learning and promote good digital citizenship, as well as network and IT management tools to help IT teams effectively manage their school’s IT assets and endpoints from one central place.
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What do students need to learn about digital citizenship?
Increasingly, digital citizenship isn’t being taught exclusively as a standalone subject, but is woven into every lesson that students use technology for. There are four main areas that are considered essential for students to know about.
Embedding digital citizenship skills
‘Digital citizenship’ is the skills and knowledge that form the foundation of appropriate and responsible internet use. With increasingly digital-led teaching in schools, there is a responsibility to incorporate digital citizenship skills into the curriculum – and embed them consistently across all subject areas.
Spotting the fakes
Being able to identify honest information online is crucial. As students gain essential critical analysis skills in all curriculum areas, they will begin to be able to recognise what is genuine and what is not. Staff may wish to ask them to reference and identify sources of information they have used in their work as part of this learning exercise.
Awareness of social media’s impacts
Staff and students could begin by talking about the differences between how people present themselves on social media and what is real. This helps build their awareness of the reality of fake profiles and misleading information online. It’s also an ideal opportunity to discuss issues around social media usage and mental health.
Being respectful online
Students must learn that online interactions are not faceless, but take place with real people, just like them. Using digital codes of conduct or online policies are positive steps towards tackling cyberbullying, hate speech and abuse and can encourage students to take responsibility for their online interactions.