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Transcript of Cyber safety
& digital Citizenship
for parents For a moment, think to yourself...
Would you go around telling complete strangers; where you live? where you go to school? Your passwords and how to access your personal emails? Or post photos of yourself over a public place for anyone to see?
.... Then why do it online? In 2011, it was estimated that
more than 2.2 billion people, worldwide,
used the internet.
That is equal to almost one third of the entire worlds population.
That is equivalent to more than
97 times the population of Australia of 22,620,600 people. A study, by Dr. Rahamathulla
from Flinders University,
suggested that over
one in four people on FaceBook,
aged 12 to 17 years,
have had a stranger request
their friendship. When making an online
profile, be sure to set your
privacy settings so that only the
people who you agree to,
can see what is on your page.
This stops predators and
strangers from viewing
and attempting to
contact you. Anyone can be
faced with a stranger on
This can occur in chat rooms,
on your profile, or through
If you are approached online by
someone you do not know,
it is best to ignore them or delete
what they have sent to you without
opening it - unless of course you
are completely sure you
know who you
are talking to. It is important to
remember that often what you post or publish online could remain on the internet permanently.
You should never write anything nasty about someone.
This is called cyberbullying and is taken very
seriously. It is important to remember
to be responsible when using the internet.
Communication over the internet means we can not usually see the person and how they are feeling.
The safest way to avoid getting in trouble for something you have written online, is to not write anything that you would not usually
say to the persons face,
or ever say aloud. Even when you think you
have made the correct security decisions on your profile,
some people have found ways
to get past your privacy settings and access your information.
Therefore, the safest way to avoid having a stranger see information about you, is simply not to
post it online to be found in
the first place. Links to
cyber safety games, quizzes and videos
http://www.cybersmart.gov.au/Teens/Games%20and%20videos.aspx If you experience
cyberbullying, there are people
to talk to and strategies to help and put a stop to those who are bullying.
If you do not have a trusted adult to turn to, remember you can contact the Kids Helpline to talk to someone
Cybersafety Contact Centre
Tel: 1800 880 176
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Remember to be
aware of what you are posting online and the consequences it could have.
Cyberbullying is taken very seriously in schools and communities, and the police can also get involved. when something is written
for people to read,
it can sometimes be
to how the author intended
for it to come across.
it is important to consider
what affect your words
could have, even if the reader is to take your words the wrong way. kids help line contact
information: The following is a
resource from the Australian Institute of Family Studies on parental involvement in
preventing and responding
to cyberbullying. As a parent, it is important
to remember that you cannot always
personally protect your child from strangers,
Cyberbullying or inappropriate items that
may go online.
The best solution is to help educate your children
in understanding the safety issues and risks
that are involved with the internet.
Work with them in quizzes and scenarios,
while outlining the potential danger
or trouble they could face while browsing
the internet, creating a profile
or working online. When something is
written, it can sometimes be interpreted differently to how the author intended for it to come across, or how it would have sounded if it had been spoken with expression.
It is important to consider what affect your words could have, even if it is a result of the reader misinterpreting
your words. At times, you will find that even
people you do know may ask inappropriate
questions or send you unwanted messages.
Here are a few simple tips to help if you find
yourself in this situation:
Don't open or reply to any inappropriate comments, photos or
videos the person has sent.
Block or delete the person from your chat list or profile.
Tell someone you trust - whether it is a family member or another adult
you know you can trust,
make sure someone knows you have been made to feel uncomfortable.
Keep copies of the evidence in case the issue needs to be addressed further.
Discuss with your trusted adult, the risks involved and consider if the
problem is worth telling the police to protect the safety of others.
If you need to talk to someone and can't find a trusted adult,
the kids helpline is a great way to talk to someone who can
help with the situation.
kids helpline on 1800 55 1800 Cyberbullying can have
harmful affects on people's well-being and cause long-term issues.
In some circumstances the police need to become involved. words can sometimes hurt most. stick up for yourself and your friends when you can see them getting bullied. The Facts Made by
Flinders University Creative Commons find out more about unwanted contact at:
http://www.cybersmart.gov.au/Kids/Tips%20to%20stay%20safe%20and%20cybersmart/Unwanted%20contact.aspx If you
know someone who is
experiencing cyberbulling or who is a cyberbully, tell an adult you can trust.
Remember you can stick up to bullies
and help your friends from feeling
down or getting themselves
into trouble. http://www.cybersmart.gov.au/Teens/How%20do%20I%20deal%20with/Cyberbullying.aspx. http://www.cybersmart.gov.au/Teens/How%20do%20I%20deal%20with/Cyberbullying.aspx For a copy of the below document, visit:
http://www.cybersmart.gov.au/Report/Kids%20helpline%20video.aspx http://www.cybersmart.gov.au/Kids/Tips%20to%20stay%20safe%20and%20cybersmart.aspx Kids Helpline
are always there to chat to
about any issues
you may be having. For more information
on cyber safety and tips on
what to do if you are faced
with a problem on the internet visit: and other
resources The Australian Government
has also developed a website
to encourage cyber safety.
Take a look at their page here which
has been created to support parents:
for teachers For kids (also includes resources for parents and teachers) As a teacher, it is important
to be sure cyber safety and
digital citizenship is incorporated
into your curriculum lessons.
Private information is the main concern,
and often issues young children are
naive about when it relates to
their own well-being
and safety. Encourage students to protect
their personal information,
such as passwords, and explain the
risks that could evolve when
sharing this information with others.
This could include examples of someone
using another students computer or email inappropriately. Develop a lesson
plan around cyber safety
with a learning objective focusing
on giving students an opportunity
to understand the importance of safe,
responsible and respectful
behaviour on the
internet. Example lesson plan
This should be used to encourage the students in thinking and discussing the risks and safety concerns around the internet, who uses it and how it is used.
As a class discuss a range of questions such as
-who uses the internet? (you/friends/strangers)
-What do you use it for?
-What might others use it for?
-What is a password? Why do we have them?
-Do you use a chat online?
-Who do you chat with? GUIDED DISCOVERY
Have a case study (could be video) to look at in class which displays a problem that has evolved due to sharing passwords, or talking to strangers online.
Create a discussion about the case study you have presented in class. Allow the students to work in small groups, and have a range of questions planned for them to work through. The students may be able to answer their ideas onto an A3 piece of paper to later share with the class.
The questions could vary depending on your case, however some questions that could be considered may include:
-who did the problem involve?
-how was the problem caused?
-what was the problem?
-could you blame more than one person for the problem?
-do you think this issue would have happened if it had not been done online and with the security of a computer?
-were the online actions responsible and safe?
-did anyone's feelings get hurt?
-was the problem resolved? If so, how? Conclusion
To conclude the lesson, discuss the questions together and consider reasons as to why groups may have came up with varying answers.
Be sure to summarise the importance of responsible communication online and review what is acceptable and unacceptable behaviour online. Also ensure that students are aware of what to do if they feel uncomfortable about someone or something over the internet.
Homework could also be considered with activities for students to sit down with their parents or guardians and discuss what the students have learnt. These activities could include online games and quizzes, such as the ones available on this site.
This will also build a relationship and understanding between students and their carers if an incident was to occur, and may help in providing the student with confidence to confide in a responsible adult if ever necessary. http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/2012/02/13/teaching-teens-safety-in-the-virtual-world/ A further website to explore:
http://www.dbcde.gov.au/easyguide http://www.cybersmart.gov.au/ http://www.cybersmart.gov.au/ http://youtu.be/B1hdfl2_GGk. http://www.cybersmart.gov.au/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet http://www.google.com/publicdata/explore?ds=d5bncppjof8f9_&met_y=sp_pop_totl&idim=country:AUS&dl=en&hl=en&q=australia%27s+population