|House Project explores My Digital World - 23 February 2015|
In today’s rapidly evolving digital environment, students find themselves becoming digital citizens the moment they begin using digital technologies, such as signing up for an email address, using the internet and mobile phones. In acknowledging themselves to be digital citizens, students should come to recognise the value of taking responsibility for themselves and their actions, and of treating others with an appropriate standard of behaviour online.
Lourdes Hill College’s House Project My Digital World is about positive engagement with the online world. It embraces three core principles that responsible digital citizens should practise, as outlined in the Australian Communications and Media Authority’s Digital citizens’ guide:
· Engage positively includes respecting others and recognising the values of freedom of expression and personal privacy. Unethical behaviours such as harassment, bullying and online abuse can contribute to negative online experiences and longer term consequences for individuals and communities.
· Know your online world involves becoming more familiar with relevant technology, understanding the opportunities presented by the online world and how to access them, knowing how to minimise associated risks and being aware of your digital footprint.
· Choose consciously involves using secure systems, seeking help when needed, and responding appropriately to any security or privacy breaches.
The program aligns with the Australian Curriculum subject, Design and Technologies. It will provide opportunities for students to create solutions using digital tools, develop a range of thinking skills, learn how to manage projects and foster student leadership, and consider how designed solutions will meet the identified needs of a particular audience. Decision-making processes will be informed by ethical, legal, aesthetic and functional factors.
The Cybersafety Help Button has been installed on all student laptops in Years 7 and 8. Parents can access this free downloadable resource at http://www.cybersafetyhelp.gov.au/. We encourage you to visit this site and start a conversation with your daughter about the norms of appropriate, responsible and ethical online behaviour. We will be accessing many of these resources, and others, over the course of the year.
Mr Glenn Edwards,
Year 9 Pastoral Leader