Leading Responsibly in the Digital World

The premise of these student workshops is in the acknowledgement of the differences between:

  • engagements as communicating with young people
  • engagement as the involvement of young people in organised positive activities and
  • engagement as the participation of young people in decision making and creating change.

Models that have been effective in engaging students in schools to be active stakeholders in a whole school approach to digital citizenship focus on the benefits as well as the risks of technology use.

Topics addressed are:

  • Internet Safety
  • Privacy & Security
  • Relationships &Communication
  • Cyber Bullying          
  • Digital Footprint & Reputation       
  • Self-image & Identity           
  • Information Literacy 
  • Creative Credit & Copyright

There is awareness-raising of the current online safety issues and use of multi- media to provide case studies that resonate with young people. Students are involved in the session using focus group discussion points and a plenary session where their thoughts and ideas are shared. A range of activities is covered that focus on the school, community and families.

A whole day may include a critiquing of existing multi- media developed for online safety using criteria and may involve school staff to support the use of ICT for this project. Students form teams to develop their own products which may include: a short film, a game, animation, blog, wiki, newsletters, brochures which will be showcased at a parent information session led by the students. A period of four-six weeks is required for students to be prepared for this student-led conference. Effectively, these students become Networkers in Action who are recognised as leaders facilitating and mentoring peer and parent education.

1-2 hour forums, half day or full day workshops.

* These workshops can be tailored to suit students in Years 3-4, Years 5-6, Years 7-8 and Senior Secondary Years 9-12.

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