Digital citizenship - resource ideas for teachers

The purpose of this webpage to provide digital citizenship resources for teachers to use in their own class or as part of a school wide digital citizenship programme. These resources were curated by members of the PPTA ICT Advisory Committee - please contact us if you have other useful links that we should add.

A good starting point for a school wide programme

weblink Netsafe Kit for Schools

 Why Teach Digital Citizenship?


weblink Why Teach Digital Citizenship? from Common Sense Educators on Vimeo.

Just as it is important for our students to become safe and successful digital citizens, so too must teachers learn to use online environments effectively and appropriately. ICTs and online environments provide powerful teaching and learning opportunities that if used effectively can support both student engagement and achievement.

However alongside these many positive opportunities are also increased risks in terms of managing time, expectations and online relationships with our learners. One of the keys to the development of successful digital citizens in our classrooms, is the positive role modelling that they receive from their peers, their teachers and their families.

The NetSafe LGP (Learn Guide Protect) framework recognises the key role that teachers (and parents) play in this development, and suggest that these “Guides” form an integral part of the digital citizenship journey for young people. It suggests that; Young people want opportunities to discuss online challenges with respected and authoritative adults.

This does not require teachers to be technology experts, but it is important that their knowledge is broad, authentic and current. Developing teacher capability so they can act as effective cyber safety guides is vital You can read more about the LGP framework here or by reading the framework document.

weblink LGP: a student-centered approach to teaching and learning about cybersafety


Digital Citizenship Categories and resources:

1. Defining digital citizenship and promoting it

weblink Netsafe Policy and Use Agreements

weblink Digital Citizenship - Student User Agreement (HPSS - there are many more examples online and all available via a  Google search)

weblink Definition - A Conceptual View of Digital Citizenship (Netsafe)

weblink Digital Citizenship in schools (National Library)

2. Basic ICT skills

weblink ICT Skills Checklist

weblink 10 Tech skills every student should have

3. Online relationships, safety, privacy and sharing

weblinkNetsafe - Harmful digital communications in schools

weblink Netsafe Net Basics videos for yr 7-10

weblink Lessons based around a bullying video - Lets Fight it Together

weblink Lessons based around a bullying video for primary aged student - At a Distance

weblink 'Look Up' - A spoken word film for an online generation

weblink Facebook in Education

weblink Thinkuknow resources for teachers - (National Crime Agency UK)

weblink Thinkuknow resources for students - (National Crime Agency UK)

weblink Netsmartz resources for educators (National Center for Missing & Exploited Children US)

weblink Cyber Smart (Australia - Office of the Children's eSafety Commissioner)

weblink Body image, media and sexuality (NZFPA)

weblink I heard it 'round the internet: sexual health education and authenticating online information (Lesson Plan - Media Smarts website Canada)

4. Copyright, copyleft & plagiarism, Honesty, integrity and ethical behaviour

weblink Creative Commons Aotearoa 

weblink Albany Senior High Creative Commons policy (WikiEducator)

weblink Combating plagarism on the digital frontier

weblink Collaboration in schools (Connected Principals) 

5. Online research and Critical thinking 

weblink Digital NZ

weblink Validity of information (How to Identify Trustworthy Informational Websites)

6. Restorative justice 

weblink Digital Citizenship Restorative Conference Script (Adapted from HPSS)

weblink Restorative Schools  

weblink Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L)

weblink PB4L School-wide Evaluation: Preliminary findings (Education Counts)

7. School wide resources

weblink Netsafe kit for schools

weblink Digital Technology: Safe and responsible use in schools (Ministry of Education) 

weblink Childnet Lower secondary tool kit

weblink Childnet Upper secondary tool kit

weblink Development of Digital Citizenship


(download from links at top of page)

Play Safe Poster Watching you

Play Safe Poster Everyone sees

Play Nice Poster

Other digital safety resources recommended by teachers

weblink Net Aware (UK) - a site where parents review and rate social media apps and sites based on the features and how appropriate it is/isn't. I like that it describes the potential dangers and even tells what age children should be allowed to have access to it

weblink Digital Safety- a blog post that gives an overview of several dangers on the Internet and how to deal with them, such as child online safety, social media safety, etc.


Last modified on Wednesday, 17 May 2023 09:11