Since the introduction of consumer computers in the mid-70s, technology has changed the world – our interaction with the environment, how we live, our habits and behaviour, and even the way we think. The influence is not limited to our being in the cyber space, but also in the real world. Each day, our dependence on technology increases.
We recognise that technology is an integral part of 21st century citizens’ lives, and that explains its place in the P21 framework for 21st Century Learning. In Singapore, cyber wellness has been part of the MOE’s third ICT masterplan for education launched in 2008. Cyber wellness focuses on cultivating positive well-being of users of the internet and encourages a healthy cyber culture for the cyber community.
At a broader level, Mike Ribble who runs a website dedicated to describing digital citizenship in all its meaning defines “digital citizenship” as the norms of behaviour with regard to technology use. He has further identified nine general areas of behaviour that make up digital citizenship. With the ubiquity and easy access to technology in this age, it has therefore become more crucial than ever for all users to observe digital citizenship.
Being in a school that runs a 1-to-1 ICT-enabled programme, School of Science and Technology (SST) students have full access to computing devices and materials online. This translates to a relatively higher proportion of students' time in interaction with computing devices and online activities. In this light, SST places a premium on its Digital Citizenship Programme in educating students to upkeep their well-being in the cyber-environment. SST believes that this requires collective effort from parents, educators and students themselves.
In this presentation, we will share with participants how the term “digital citizenship” is redefined in the SST context. This will explain the approach that the school adopts for her Digital Citizenship Programme, its programming and how stakeholders are engaged at varying levels. In addition, we will also share how we attempt to understand the culture of today’s students and weave these considerations into the digital citizenship programme.