Digital Citizenship

“Your digital footprint never disappears. What you do, what you post, who you portray yourself as online is a permanent record. There is no difference between your real and virtual selves. They are one and the same, and your actions online have real-world consequences. Being a good digital citizen means respecting yourself and protecting yourself, taking actions to respect and protect others, which by extension means respecting and protecting intellectual property.”  Excerpt From: Lee Crockett, Ian Jukes & Andrew Churches. 'Literacy is Not Enough.' 21st Century Fluency Project, 2013.

The College acknowledges that it has obligations and responsibilities in regard to the education of young people in the ethical use of ICT equipment and systems, and that these emanate from teachings of the Church:

“All users of the Internet are obliged to use it in an informed, disciplined way, for morally good purposes; parents should guide and supervise children’s use. Schools and other educational institutions and programs for children and adults should provide training in discerning use of the Internet as part of a comprehensive media education including not just training in technical skills – ‘computer literacy’ and the like– but a capacity for informed, discerning evaluation of content.”  Ethics In Internet, Pontifical Council for Social Communications, 2002

Characteristics of ethical use of ICT equipment and systems are no different from the fundamental principles on which Christianity is based:

Empathy and  compassion:

respecting the autonomy of others, treating others as the would want to be treated, preventing harm, concern for the well-being of others

Trust and honesty:

compliance with the local Law and rules, not misrepresenting the truth


being fair and just, refusing to take unfair advantage


privacy of others’ information, ownership of others’ property and information, other people and environment


acceptance of the monitoring of computer use


making informed decisions based on accepted standards


We Value:

Compassion – We value a school where we have empathy for others, act with understanding and promote reconciliation.

Excellence – We value a school where each person can develop an enthusiasm for learning and strive to be their best in all aspects of life.

Justice – We value a school where we respond to the needs of others in a spirit of service and without judgment.

Mission Statement, St Patrick’s College – Launceston, 2007

The College accepts that there are many uses and ways in which ICT equipment and systems can be used that are counter to these principles above, and that in partnership with parents, the College has a duty to challenge these uses and educate young people in suitable ethical use of ICT equipment and systems.

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