School owners and school leaders
School owners and management play crucial roles in the development and implementation of processes concerning digital competence. If teachers are to be properly equipped to develop their pupils' digital competence and judgement, work must start at the level of school owners and management.
Digital judgement is one of the core areas of digital skill, and a central part of the complex concept of digital competence. Critical assessment and use of sources is a prerequisite for the proper use of digital tools.
The school's owners have the overall responsibility for a joint competency plan for digital skills being drawn up in the school, while the management at each school must facilitate skills development of all employees. In order that pupils are provided with knowledge about privacy, rights and obligations related to the use of digital media, systematic work on secure, good and safe use must be implemented at all levels of the school system.
Systematic and holistic work
The Djupedal Inquiry's report NOU 2015:2 "Listening to" was submitted in 2015. The report emphasised the importance of systematic and holistic work on measures concerning school and classroom management: "Leadership is critical to creating and upholding safe psychosocial school environments without offence, bullying, harassment and discrimination."
School owners and school management also have a defined responsibility for ensuring that employees have specific and essential knowledge regarding digital judgement, and how they can promote a safe school environment, as well as for preventing and dealing with violations, bullying, harassment and discrimination.
We recommend that the school uses common work hours or planning days to together develop joint strategies, procedures, guidelines and policies for the prevention and management of bullying incidents. This will form the basis for ensuring a healthy and safe learning environment for both pupils and staff. The teacher pages contain a number of excellent resources that teachers can use in their work with digital judgement while teaching.
Parental groups should also be involved. Schools should signal that digital judgement is a priority area, and make this an integral part of the important home-school cooperation. There are a number of good resources for parents and carers on the online pages. These are suitable for parent meetings etc. This content can also be usefully used in alternative fora, such as in joint meetings for pupils and parents and carers.