Safety or Citizenship?

Having three children of my own, I am very aware of the importance of cyber safety, but until reflection on Tessa Miller’s blog “Cyber safety: everyday in everywhere” I had not considered the significance of social media to the formation of the identify of children and adolescents.

After engaging with the ACMA resources I came to an understanding that rather than emphasising safety, the emphasis should be on digital citizenship. Thus, empowering children and adolescents to participate online in a positive force (Slocombe, 2013).  The ACMA resources promote:

Engage positively: Exercising your rights and responsibilities as a digital citizen

Know your online world: Learning new skills and digital technologies

Choose consciously: Taking charge of how you interact online

As an educator, I will be promoting the digital citizenship of my students.

Yours in ICT



Slocombe, J. (2013, August 6). Safety first, but citizenship the goal. Retrieved from


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