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The safe, responsible and ethical use of ICT

A guide to inform teachers about the importance of educating students about ICT safely, responsibly and ethically.

Victoria Daher

on 12 September 2013

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The safe, responsible and ethical use of ICT
A guide for teachers to applying social and ethical protocols and practices when using ICT for learning and teaching
Using ICT within classrooms
Students today live in an increasingly connected global society. With technology being an ever more presence in our current society, there has never been a more important time to make sure we know how to correctly and safely navigate the Internet.
How does this apply to us as teachers?
Australian Professional Standards for Teaching
4.5 Use ICT safe, responsibly and ethically.
Demonstrate an understanding of the relevant issues and strategies available to support the safe, responsible and ethical use of ICT in learning and teaching.
It is up to us as teachers to educate our students and model this behaviour at all times.
With so much work in classrooms being conducted using the internet, us teachers need to guide our students to browse and use information on the web safely, responsibly and ethically.
So how does this connect with the Australian Curriculum?
Australian Curriculum states that students should be:
What is ICT?
Information and Communications Technology
ICT includes:
Laptops & computers
iPads & tablets
Mobiles phones & smart phones
Social media ie. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Blogs
The list goes on ...
Some students may not understand the importance of safe ICT, so it is important that we teach them about the risks or dangers and how they need to take these issues seriously. Before being able to teach our students about the dangers we teachers also need be educated.
To use ICT safely students must know the risks and dangers of using ICT, these can include:
Risks and Dangers
cyber bullying, sexting, plagiarism, copyright, sharing personal information, digital footprint.
Cybersmart is the Australian Governments Cyber Safety program. Using the cyber smart website there are many useful resources to help understand cyber safety, including lesson plans, educational activities and provides advice to help young kids, teens and also parents to safely enjoy the online world.
Cyberbullying is when technology, such as email, mobile phones, chat rooms and social networking sites are used to verbally or socially bully another person (DETE, Cybersafety and Cyberbullying, 2012).
Digital Reputation
All students need to know that they have a digital footprint or online reputation when using the internet. As a teacher, we need to make sure students understand what this means.
'This is the opinion or view that others have about the user, based on what they say and do online' (Cybersmart, 2013).
It is essential that we teach students to use the internet safely to maintain a positive digital reputation.
How cybersmart are you?
Watching this cybersmart video is a good way to help understand different aspects of cybersafety
A good source to teach students about cyberbulling is:
Protecting personal information
Being aware of...
Students need to be aware of not sharing their personal information online. This issue needs to properly be taught in schools so that students understand the possible outcomes.
Personal information that must be protected includes:
Usernames, passwords, full name, address, phone numbers, bank details, date of birth, school and email address. (Cybersmart, 2013)
To teach students futher information about keeping their personal information safe visit this website:
Sharing personal information can lead to identity theft, fraud or scams. For students sharing their passwords could lead to other students hacking and ruining their online reputation.
To be responsible online students need to take a look at the effects of their digital reputation and what it means to others. As a teacher you should model your own digital reputation, you could do this by having a personal blog or class blog to share with others.
The following link shares 10 important things for students to be good online citizens:
Knowing what is important will help you, help your students.

Students need to be ethical when using ICT, you can model this behaviour by:
Always checking the website content before presenting it the students
Make sure that the electronic devices in your classrooms are protected and have security to block out any unwanted content
Understand and respond to the creative commons, copyright and privacy laws
Follow rules and guidelines
Keep personal information private
Be a positive online global citizen so that students follow your footsteps!
Applying social and ethical protocols and practices when using ICT
This is an important element of the Australian Curriculum ICT capabilities, as it focuses on the safe and ethical use of ICT.
You can learn more about being ethical online by looking at some of these webpages:

Be careful with what you share...
YouTube videos like these can help you teach students about the dangers of sharing too much information and even stranger danger!
The safe, responsible and ethical use of ICT by Victoria Daher is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Australia License.







Through becoming a digital citizen students must be able to apply social and ethical protocols and practices into the use of ICT, otherwise we will loose our connection with safe and responsible usage of communication.
It is important that students understand how to use ICT appropriately especially when communicating and collaborating online. Students need to follow social protocols that are suited to the context they are working in.
Knowing and using the appropriate language with emails, blogs and discussion forums
Knowing the appropriate levels of personal information to give out for specific online environments (this includes information within emails, blogs, online chats etc.
Following school policy and protocols and applying netiquette when communicating in online spaces
Understanding ethical communication tools and social networking environments
Presenting a positive and appropriate online identity or digital reputation when communicating online.
This means:
Digital tools have the power the engage and challenge learners and through meaningful use of technology in the classroom it can have huge benefits.
Risks that come with the use of ICT’s need to be addressed and strategies put in place so that learning can be managed in a safe and supportive environment.
Make a classroom blog for students to share and explore with each other. This way you can monitor their digital reputation and make sure they are following social and ethical protocols.
You can join in too!
Educate students on:
The outcomes of copyright, plagarism, creative commons
How to be a good digital citizen
Stranger Danger
Responisible use of technology
Be a positive influence to ICT
Wonderful resources to help you and your students:




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