With the release of the New Zealand Ministry of Education's National Education Learning Priorities, there is now a clear alignment of online safety, wellbeing and safe learning spaces, prioritising its development within schools and kura.
For a long time, online safety education didn't seem to fit within a single New Zealand Curriculum Learning Area and learning was often confined to a one-week module at the start of the year.
However, student use of devices and online spaces isn't confined to that single week. In most schools and kura, use now extends across the year, weaving in and out of curriculum areas and across cohorts. This highlights that online safety and wellbeing aren't specific to one curriculum area but rather, need to be integrated into all learning.
Existing frameworks, such as school values and key competencies, provide the perfect scaffold for this and help to demystify some of the perceived complexity when supporting young people in this space.
The draft progression is spread across levels and is positioned under each of the five Key Competencies:
They have been developed to guide student online safety learning and development, and we encourage schools to customise and adapt the draft progression to suit their specific context and their wider community.
The progression is very much in the drafting phase and because of this, we are actively seeking feedback and input from schools to help inform future development.
If you would like to contribute during this crucial development phase, please complete a feedback form here.
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