What is digital citizenship?

NetSafedefines a digital citizen as someone who:

"A digital citizen understands the rights and responsibilities of inhabiting cyberspace."

  • is a confident and capable user of ICT
  • uses technologies to participate in educational, cultural, and economic activities
  • uses and develops critical thinking skills in cyberspace
  • is literate in the language, symbols, and texts of digital technologies
  • is aware of ICT challenges and can manage them effectively
  • uses ICT to relate to others in positive, meaningful ways
  • demonstrates honesty and integrity and ethical behaviour in their use of ICT
  • respects the concepts of privacy and freedom of speech in a digital world
  • contributes and actively promotes the values of digital citizenship.


Definition and video provided by elearning.tki.org.nz.


Redwood School have developed the ideas from the website and videos provided by Common Sense Media (www.commonsensemedia.org), in conjunction with our own RED values to create our own Redwood Digital Digital Citizenship model, which is displayed in all of our classrooms.

Below are some videos that can be used with our students when introducing and talking about Digital Citizenship. They have been created by Common Sense Media (www.commonsensemedia.org).  This is the first video in a YouTube playlist created by Common Sense Media.  To view playlist, open YouTube.

Digital Citizenship for Kids


The wording of Redwood School's digital citizenship policy is slightly different as students progress through the school.  This is an example of our Digital Citizenship model that you would find in the Pūkeko classrooms:
Some of these images have been used with the permission of Common Sense Media (www.commonsense.org).


From this model we developed our Digital Citizen agreements.  Students must understand and sign an agreement every year, so we encourage discussion about digital citizenship at school and at home.