At Wellington College we started the year by asking our students what they thought our guidelines for digital citizenship should be, as well as find out what things mattered for them.
We have learned that our students appreciate all of the exciting possibilities that the digital world offers for learning new things, socialising with others and connecting with ideas and people all over the world. We also know that our young people regularly encounter challenges online such as social exclusion, bullying, inappropriate behaviour and pornography.
Digital Citizenship Responsible Use Agreement
As a learning community, with the help of the Student Council, we have been working together to develop our Digital Citizenship Responsible Use Agreement within the framework of our College Values and the Harmful Digital Communications Act.
WC Bullying Free Helpline
We also have developed a new anonymous online reporting tool - our WC Bullying Free Helpline - for students to use if there is anything happening that is potentially harmful to anyone in our community, both online and offline.
Let’s work together to provide a safe and enjoyable online learning environment for all. And remember that if you need help our Guidance Teams are here to support us and we can also report online harm to Netsafe.
To support our families we have also created a Digital Citizenship Parent Help Sheet called ‘Supporting Young People Online’. This contains some helpful information, including some possible conversation starters about online safety.