Digital Citizenship – how to be smart and safe on social media

 In DoE, Newsflash

The department’s new Digital Citizenship website will help young people to become positive, smart and safe contributors to a digital society.

You and your child can find information on:

  • how to ‘be positive’ by understanding online behaviour and its effect
  • ‘be smart’ by thinking critically and being digitally aware
  • ‘be safe’ by protecting your security, privacy and wellbeing.

Who is it for?

The Digital Citizenship website will provide advice and guidance to parents on how to ensure the wellbeing of young people in a digital environment. It also supports teachers to model best practice and actively teach students the skills they need to be responsible digital citizens.

How does it work?

Focusing on a positively framed strategy, the site aims to equip and empower users to minimise the risks and maximise the opportunities in our digital future.

We’ve partnered with leading researchers and content partners such as the Office of the eSafety Commissioner and the Advocate for Children and Young People to produce a curated toolkit. The toolkit is aligned to the curriculum and teachers can share it with their students, guiding them through important concepts such as:

  • managing privacy settings in social media
  • collaborating online
  • avoiding scams and hoaxes
  • understanding the law when it comes to online speech
  • internet banking, shopping online and much more.

Keep your child safe and happy online

Visit and bookmark the Digital Citizenship website. We’ll continue to add articles and resources to ensure the best possible tools are available to help you guide your child to be positive, smart and safe online.

Happy students on mobile phones

Senior students looking friendlyFinal Roll Call photo of Niranjanan Sriganeshwaran