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Understanding students’ knowledge and confidence when using digital technology means that schools, including kura and educators, can be confident they are addressing issues that are relevant for young people. Below are some resources you can use to explore young people’s knowledge about the online environment and set expectations and culture around the use of digital technologies and how these are to be used in school.

All young people can be exposed to harms online. However, some groups are more vulnerable than others, for example, rainbow youth or youth with neurodevelopmental disorders. For these communities the Internet can be a vital resource to connect with likeminded individuals, explore their identities and reduce feelings of isolation. It is important that educators are aware of the increased risks that young people and vulnerable communities may be exposed to online.

Social-emotional safety skills

It’s important to prepare youth for safer, more positive experiences with people as they take on more independence, both online and offline.