A Teacher of Technology in Education

Cybersafety

Raffaela Grasso –  ICT Leader and ICT Integration Teacher: Melbourne, Victoria.


Because technology continues to grow in the 21st century and ICT knowledge has become a requirement in achieving a job after graduation, this section will be informative to parents and will offer a range of different ways, different schools incorporate ICT and technology within their schools, and how it benefits students.

 

In the eastern suburbs of Melbourne a primary school is helping to spread the word about ‘safe, respectful and responsible use of digital tools and devices. Across the junior, middle and upper primary levels, students participate in dedicated “Cybersafety” sessions with a specialist ICT Integration teacher. She has developed a Prep-Year Six “Cybersafety” program using a variety of digital resources.

Students in Prep begin with an introduction to ” online and real life” experiences, how they are different, similar and we keep safe in both worlds.

In Year One and Two students are introduced to  “sharing personal information online” making safe choices online and who to ask for help. Students are also introduced to the notion of “cyber bullying” (defining what it is and what is and is not appropriate to do, say and act online).

Students in Year Three and Four explore in greater detail personal information that should not be shared online, how to keep their digital devices safe and how to be respectful and responsible towards others online. Students also gain an understanding of email etiquette when using school email.

Students in Year Five and Six extend their learning by exploring the safe and responsible use of avatars (cybersafe images for social media sites), copyright and also gain understanding in what a ‘digital footprint’ is.

This is also underpinned by a dedicated ‘Cybersafety’ Workshop Day whereby a guest speaker is commissioned to share the latest cybersafe messages and resources. This is shared with students and staff culminating with an information session for parents on a yearly basis.

These have been very well attended and very well received by students and parents.

The digital resources used for students can be found here: Teaching With Technology http://mrsgrasso.global2.vic.edu.au/cybersafety/

Here is a link to parent sessions that have been held with dedicated cybersafety guest speakers over the 4 years. http://mrsgrasso.global2.vic.edu.au/parents/

Further to this, a digital bookmarking tool https://edu.symbaloo.com/mix/cybersafety26 has been created to visually display and share digital resources with other educators around the world.

Underpinning this dedicated “Cybersafety” focus, students and staff revisit each year the
‘Responsible Use Policy and Agreement’, to reinforce expectations, behaviour and responsibility when using digital devices and tools.

In May 2015 eSmart accreditation was given in recognition of the work that has been completed over the past 3 years by the ICT Leader & in collaboration with the Wellbeing Leader, assisted by staff to provide a safe, respectful and responsible environment for student to learn in, both online and in the real world.

 

 

Here in Australia a great variety of resources have been created for schools to use!

Here are some that I have used:

**eSmart Status Granted March 2015
I was thrilled to receive an email from eSmart to say that the work that the staff at my school with major input from particularly the SWB Leader (2013-2014)  ICT Team (2013) and staff worked towards this achievement.

What have we achieved?

Here is a snapshot:

**UPDATE**: March 2013  – FANTASTIC NEW RESOURCE FOR TEACHERS : COMMON SENSE MEDIA 

“Common Sense Media offers this FREE Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum to help educators empower their students and their school communities to be safe, responsible, and savvy as they navigate this fast-paced digital world.”

I have just begun exploring the incredible wealth of material to support the teaching and learning of Cybersafety at my school.  An excellent resource!!

1. Hector’s World Keep Your Personal Information Safe  Students in Year 1 and 2  I have used Hector’s World to introduce younger students to the internet and internet safety. The characters, stories and videos have generated great discussions with students. It amazes me how much these students already know about the internet!
Hector’s World – Cyberbullying – this section deals introduces students to the different ways to respect others online. Perfect for younger students in Year 2 and up!
Hector’s World – Computer Security – this section is great for students as they begin to use a variety of devices and methods for saving their work across different mediums.

Hector’s WorldTeacher Support Materials for Lower, Middle and Upper Primary

2. CybersmartKids section
I use different sections of the Cybersmart website at different times of the year as part of student awareness and responsibility when using the Internet.  Students are explained the school Internet User Policy – usually year 1-6 students ( it is varied for different year levels) With Year 3-4 students I have worked through the “How Cybersmart Am I?” quiz to generate discussion and to gain some awareness of student understanding. I then ask students to work through the quiz and create a piece of work showing their understanding of any area of the quiz eg: a poster, poem, slideshow etc  (sometimes I have asked Year 3-4 students to work in pairs if I feel their awareness of cybersafety has been limited)

The Year 3 and 4 students have been keen to explore the quiz and many students even completed it at home as I added the link to the school Intranet.

Cybersmart Teacher Resources a huge amount of support material for Primary and Secondary teachers

3. Cyberquoll With students in Year 3 and 4, and 5-6 I use the Cyberquoll characters to increase student awareness of Internet Safety. The characters cover a variety of topics and revisit some areas that students need regular reminders of.

Cyberquoll Teacher Resources – here are support material for teachers in their use of ‘Cyberquoll’ in their curriculum

4. Budd:e (Stay Smart Online)
With students in Year 3-6 (depending on what previous Internet Safety units I have used) students work through the Budd:e interactive education package. Each section gives students the opportunity to reflect on appropriate or inappropriate actions when using the Internet and other mobile devices.  Students really enjoyed using Budd:e and wanted ‘Version 2’ or to have a different set of adventures to explore while creating their ‘Budd:e’ avatar!

Here are great teacher support materials for using ‘Budd:e’ in their curriculum.

5. Digital Footprints:
With students in Year 5 and 6 I have introduced them to ‘Digital Footprints’ what they are, what a positive and negative footprint is, how to find your digital footprint etc.

These are the resources I have used:

A: Introduced ‘Digital Footprints’ using – BTN Episode:  from May 2011
Students also created a ‘Word Cloud’ using either ‘Wordle’ or Tagxedo or Word It Out listing as many websites as possible that students use that require a username and password.

Students also created another wordcloud listing as many websites that they use that do not need a username or password.
The discussions around what students use on a regular basis is very interesting! Which websites that are simply searched or viewed, is my digital footprint left? How can I leave a ‘positive footprint’?  There was some excellent discussions going on!!

I found this great resource using ‘Common Sense Media’ has excellent resources based in this short animation.. Lots of discussion here!!
Check out this unit of work ‘Trillion Dollar Footprint’ to use with Upper Primary level students: 

6. Teaching Children About Digital Footprints by Kathleen Morris
Kathleen has written an excellent blog post about Digital Footprints. I certainly do agree with Kathleen that the number of resources out there are negative rather than positive about the Internet.  I hope to see more resources developed for students with a greater emphasis on the ‘positive’. 

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What other Internet Safety programs or Cybersafety sites do you use with your students or classes?
I am always on the lookout for new programs for students to explore! 🙂

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