We want our students to be good Digital Citizens.
A Digital Citizen
- is a confident and capable user of ICT
- uses technologies to participate in educational, cultural, and economic activities
- uses and develops critical thinking skills in cyberspace
- is literate in the language, symbols, and texts of digital technologies
- is aware of ICT challenges and can manage them effectively
- uses ICT to relate to others in positive, meaningful ways
- demonstrates honesty and integrity and ethical behaviour in their use of ICT
- respects the concepts of privacy and freedom of speech in a digital world
- contributes and actively promotes the values of digital citizenship
There are a range of programmes that students will be involved in as part of their time at Westlake Boys High School both inside and outside the classroom.
Staying Safe Online: Cybersafety tips from NZ’s leading online companies
Netsafe are a source of useful information for staying safe online. They have published through their website a booklet produced in association with Facebook, Google, Yahoo, Twitter, Microsoft and Trade Me, information on how to change settings to protect users privacy.
- Facebook: facebook.com/safety
- Google: google.co.nz/safetycenter/
- Twitter: twitter.com/groups/57-safety-security
- Microsoft: micorosft.com/safety
- Trade Me: trademe.co.nz/Help/ContactUs.aspx
- Instagram: Controlling Visibility
- Snapchat: A guide for Parents
Our Student Responsible Use Agreement
When using information & communications technologies (ICT) at Westlake Boys' High School I will always be a good digital citizen.
This means that I
- will be a confident and capable user of ICT.
I know what I do and do not understand about the technologies that I use. I will get help where I need it.
- will use ICT for learning as well as other activities.
I understand that technology can help me to learn. I also know it can also be used to talk to people, to buy and sell things and to have my opinion heard. I know when and where it is OK to do each one.
- will think carefully about whether the information I see online is true.
I know that it is easy to put information online. This means that what I see is not always right. I will always check to make sure information is real before I use it.
- will be able to speak the language of digital technologies.
When people talk online the things they say can be quite different from a conversation they might have if they were sitting next to each other. I know that I must try to understand what people are saying before I react to them. If I am not sure, I can ask them or someone else to explain.
- understand that I may experience problems when I use technology but that I will learn to deal with them.
I understand that there will be times when technology may not work as I expected it to, or that people may be mean or unkind to me online. When these things happen, I know that there are ways I can deal with it. I also know there are people I can go to, to get help if I don’t know what to do next.
- will always use ICT to communicate with others in positive, meaningful ways.
I will always talk politely and with respect to people online. I know that it is possible to bully or hurt people with what I say and do on the internet. I will think about the effect that my actions have on other people.
- will be honest and fair in all of my actions using ICT.
I will never do anything online that I know will hurt anyone. I will make sure what I do is not against the law. I will make sure that my actions don’t break the rules of the websites that I use. When I am not sure about what I am doing I will ask for help.
- Will always respect people’s privacy and freedom of speech online.
I understand that some information is private. I will be careful when using full names, birthdays, addresses and photos of other people and of my own. I also know that I will not always agree with what people say online but that does not mean that I can stop them or use it as an excuse to be unkind to them.
- will help others to become a better digital citizen.
Being a good digital citizen is something that we all have to work at. If I know that my friends are having problems online, I will try to help them. If I see that someone is being unfairly treated online then I will speak up rather than just watch it happen.
- will respect all lCT systems in use at school and treat all ICT equipment/devices with care.