Supporting People with Intellectual Disabilities

Netsafe engages with a wide range of experts to ensure all our communities are supported to use digital technology in a way that is safe and looks after their wellbeing. Hōhepa Canterbury is a vibrant community of people with intellectual disabilities who develop and deliver quality, innovative services that encourage people to live fully engaged…

Netsafe engages with a wide range of experts to ensure all our communities are supported to use digital technology in a way that is safe and looks after their wellbeing.

Hōhepa Canterbury is a vibrant community of people with intellectual disabilities who develop and deliver quality, innovative services that encourage people to live fully engaged lives.

Hōhepa Canterbury Digi Citizens Framework and Assessment Tool


Hōhepa Canterbury’s Digi Citizens Framework (and associated tools) are designed to educate and empower digital users, specifically disabled people, their whānau, support teams and educators.  

Through using the Framework and tools, people can evaluate their existing knowledge and identify learning opportunities and areas where they may need additional support. We are anticipating that people using the Digi Citizens Framework will tailor the way it’s applied to suit the individual.

Hōhepa Canterbury are collaborating with both Netsafe and People First around promoting the Digi Citizens Framework and accompanying tools as they are released.

We will have EasyRead versions (created by makeiteasy.org.nz) of the documents below available in early 2024.

The framework and tools: 

The table below gives an overview of each and how they are designed to be used: 

Resource  Purpose  
Digital Citizens
Framework  
The framework and associated detail, including the goal of the framework and process for development, challenges  and guiding principles
Digital Citizens
Framework implementation process  
An overview to implementation, with a focus on:
– whānau 
– support teams 
Digital Citizens
Overview
To be used to help explain the concepts and the “WHY”, “WHAT” and “HOW” of digital citizenship     
Digital Citizens
Scenarios 
Examples of fictional people and how the “How am I doing” tool has been applied
Digital Citizens
“How am I doing” tool  
The tool used to work out where people are in their journey to being a successful digital citizen and where they would like to grow and develop
Digital Citizens
“How am I doing” questions 
Prompts to help ascertain where a person may be in their journey to being a successful digital citizen
Digital Citizens
Strategies and Resources  
A starting place of strategies and resources that can be used to support someone on their digital journey – this list is a work in progress to fill gaps identified
Digital Citizens
Plan  
A document used to outline the agreed plan made with a person on how they will progress their digital journey
Digital Citizens
Self Reflection Tool  
Used to review how progress is going against the Digital Citizens Plan, and next steps in the try-learn-adapt process
Digital Citizens
Interview Consent 
A consent form, as required, to participate in the process

We recognise that this is just the beginning of a journey to empower all people with intellectual disabilities to be successful digital users. 

We are open to feedback on the Digi Citizens Framework and tools, as they are very much designed to be living documents. We believe this is the first iteration of many.

Please be encouraged to send any feedback, questions or comments to the Project Lead, Sarah Kinley: [email protected]

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