Digital Citizenship

Digital Citizenship is the concept of educating students (and all technology users) about how to use technology appropriately. This involves using technology effectively and not misusing it to disadvantage others. Digital Citizenship consists of numerous themes including appropriate online etiquette, literacy in how digital technology works and how to use it, an understanding of ethics and the law as it relates to technology, knowing how to stay safe online, and advice on health issues relating to the use of technology.

Digital Citizenship education brings together these themes and provides a framework for schools and parents to educate students about their rights and responsibilities when interacting with other people through digital technology. It begins the first time they interact with online technology, such as the first time they use the internet, send an email or text message, or sign on to a game service.

The following resources are provided by the Australian Government and some of its agencies to assist teachers and parents to implement Digital Citizenship education programs in classrooms and at home.

General Information

eSafety is a national cybersafety and cybersecurity education program managed by the Office of the Children's eSafety Commissioner. It is designed to provide Digital Citizenship education and resources to children, young adults, parents, teachers and library staff. It includes a special Education Resources Gateway which provides a K-12 education program for schools as well as information on cybersafety issues, policies and guidelines, and technology guides.

Stay Smartonline is an Australian Government cybersecurity website that provides information for Australian internet users on simple steps that can be taken to protect their personal and financial information online. Its Digital Citizenship education program for Years 3-8 Budd:e provides activity lessons on cybersafety and includes games, videos, FAQs, learning outcomes and curriculum mapping.

ThinkUKnow is an internet safety program developed and delivered by the Australian Federal Police. It provides training and resources to parents, schools and other community organisations across Australia. Its Digital Citizenship education program provides three modules for early childhood, primary and secondary students.

Bullying No Way! is a website support by the Australian Government and the Principals' Associations. It provides information and resources for students, parents and teachers as well as a gateway to the other Digital Citizenship education programs.

eSmart an initiative of the Alannah and Madeline Foundation, is an initiative designed to improve cybersafety and deal with cyberbullying and bullying.

Catholic Network Australia's Digital Citizenship Portal is a collaborative effort of all the Catholic Education Offices. It is designed to give digital citizenship information and resources to teachers and parents in Catholic schools across Australia.

Parents Guide to Internet Safety: 32 Internet Acronyms and Slang Parents Should Know provides a visual guide to internet acronyms as part of a wider guide to internet safety providing information every parent should know.

The Student Wellbeing Hub provides resources to help learning communities promote student wellbeing and safety, and the development of respectful relationships. The Hub is guided by the principles of the National Safe Schools Framework.

Keeping Kids Safe is a child safety initiative by the Daniel Morcombe Foundation

Links to more resources can also be found on the Catholic Education Office Digital Education Pinterest board.


Quick Reference for Teachers and Parents