As the use of technology continues to grow both inside the classroom and out, it’s becoming more important that young people are taught how to use it safely – enabling them to participate fully and gain the benefits that all technology has to offer, without getting trapped in its darker side. The internet, especially, is an area that has opened up a world of convenience and learning opportunities, but is also a place for being exposed to things which may not promote positive mental well-being.

With technology present in the majority of school classrooms and students being required to use it every day to collaborate, communicate and learn, schools need to ensure they develop good digital citizenship skills and do this in a responsible and safe way, then they not only protect themselves, but contribute to creating a harmonious online environment for everyone.

Increasingly, digital citizenship isn’t being taught exclusively as a standalone subject, but is woven into every lesson that students use technology for. There are nine main areas that are considered essential for students to know about, from the impact of health to security.

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