Digital Citizenship


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.

Download or print a copy today: Staying Safe Online: A guide to staying safe for everyone. (PDF version)

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

  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. will respect all lCT systems in use at school and treat all ICT equipment/devices with care.

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