New website to teach students how to be digital citizens

New website to teach students how to be digital citizens

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Families can read about the learning benefits of online gaming, how technology can improve physical health and tips for making online chat safe from a new ‘digital citizenship’ website for students, parents and teachers.

Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning, Sarah Mitchell, said the site was designed to empower young people to be responsible online, and to help students’ be aware of their safety in the cyber world.

Students can use a new website to learn about responsible online behaviour Credit:AFR

“The new digital citizenship website will equip students, teachers and parents in NSW with the skills and knowledge to minimise the risks associated with online engagement, whilst maximising the opportunities of our digital future,” Ms Mitchell said.

Students can read articles on protecting passwords, gaming safely, and coping with the emotional pressures of the online environment, while parents can read about managing screen time and teachers can learn about online collaboration.

Ms Mitchell said the website was developed in close consultation with stakeholders and experts like the Office of the eSafety Commissioner and the Office of the Advocate for Children and Young People.

“As a mother myself, I know this site will be a wonderful platform for me to better understand what children do online, and how I can promote safe online behaviour to my daughters,” she said.

“For teachers, there are a wide range of curriculum-aligned learning resources available,
and for students, there is access to quick support if they are experiences difficulties or
concerns when online.”