Young Digital Citizens Take on the World

Media release from Hector’s World Ltd.
12 November 2009

With a project promoting responsible use of cyberspace, six 12-13 year old students may be winging their way to the USA to compete in an international Problem Solving Competition after winning the NZ Community Problem Solving (CmPS) Competition recently.
The team, who call their project ‘Creative Cyber Citizens’ (CCC), entered the prestigious competition with their project designed to teach younger students to be safe and responsible Digital Citizens.
The ‘CCC’ team identified the extensive use of technology in their school and wanted to promote responsible behavior in cyberspace to all students at the school.
The CCC team also held an evening community event for parents and caregivers to encourage the same responsible behaviors at home.
The team used the Hector’s World® resources (www.hectorsworld.com), which are available free to New Zealand schools, to implement their project. They chose the Hector’s World resources because they encourage young people to be good digital citizens in their use of all technologies, including the internet and mobile phones.
Judges evaluated the group’s concept, follow-through and future plans and awarded the CCC Team first place in the Junior Division of CmPS.
The CCC team will now work alongside another winning team from the Mission Heights Junior College to fundraise the $75,000 required to get the students and their coaches to the International Future Problem Solving finals in the USA in May 2010.

For more information contact: Principal Veena Vohra, Missions Heights Primary School
Background
The CmPS competition requires student teams to apply creative problem-solving activities in an authentic situation to identify and solve a real problem which exists in their community.  http://www.fpsnz.co.nz/problem_solving.php


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