Digital Citizenship refers to the norms of appropriate and responsible technology use. The concept of digital citizenship allows all technology users (students, staff, and community) to understand how to use technology appropriately in digital environments. In a rapidly changing technology-rich society, the knowledge, skills, values, and beliefs required to successfully and responsibly participate in work and at play can be acquired through digital citizenship education and policies. Digital citizenship is critically important for students both inside and outside of the classroom.
Regina Public Schools’ need for digital citizenship curricula and policies is supported by its technology belief statement, existing provincial curriculum documents and by the ISTE NETS. Furthermore, the division’s intent to move towards a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) environment creates a heightened need for an effective digital citizenship strategy.
Digital Citizenship in Saskatchewan Schools
Digital Citizenship Education in Saskatchewan Schools is a policy planning guide for school division officials to work with school administrators and teachers to support the integration of instructional practices that will help students learn how to build and maintain a positive online presence and to protect their privacy online. This guide offers a roadmap for building appropriate school division digital citizenship policies and school-specific digital citizenship guidelines and procedures. It also provides tools and resources to help teachers, administrators and parents support digital citizenship education. Included in the guide is a digital citizenship K-12 continuum. This continuum is intended to support professionals as they infuse these concepts and skills into their teaching.
In 2014, the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education published Digital Citizenship Education in Saskatchewan Schools: A Policy Guide for School Divisions and Schools to Implement Digital Citizenship Education from Kindergarten to Grade 12. The intent of this document is to provide guidelines, procedures, and the support resources required for school divisions to develop their own digital citizenship policies. The ministry’s policy planning document also includes a digital citizenship school self-assessment checklist designed to help individual schools ascertain their digital citizenship readiness and includes key questions to consider when planning for digital citizenship education from Kindergarten toGrade 12. Finally, the document includes a digital citizenship K-12 continuum to help teachers integrate digital citizenship instruction into the classroom.
In order to support learning around Digital Citizenship, Regina Public Schools is proud to license MediaSmarts Resources from MediaSmarts, Canada's Centre for Digital and Media Literacy. Students, Teachers, and Caregivers can request help from their Teacher Librarians to access these resources.
MediaSmarts Licensed Resources [RPS Google Apps login required]
Digital Literacy Framework - MediaSmarts
NetSmartz [general resources supporting Digital Citizenship and Privacy]
I Am Stronger [SaskTel Internet Safety and Bullying support]