Cyber Safety

Hi Mums, Dads, Nans and Pops and everyone in between!

Since we have started our blogs, our class have had several discussions around ‘cyber safety’, ‘cyber bullying’ and creating and maintaining a safe ‘digital footprint’. You can search for posts about these using the cyber safety tag or through the search function on our classroom blog. You child can also share with you what they have learnt about cyber safety and digital footprints on their blogs.

It’s interesting when I speak to the class about cyber safety and their digital footprint that they mention things like keeping personal details safe and confidential- which is great- but they mention very little about protecting their own personal integrity. Don’t get me wrong, it’s incredibly important that personal details (full names, date of birth, addressed, phone numbers, bank details etc) are kept confidential, but many cyber bullying issues stem from the fact that young people ‘click first, think later’.

There’s a fine line when it comes to educating about the internet and how to be safe whist using it. And it’s a dual responsibility, both yours and mine. We don’t want to frighten the kids off the internet- it can be an incredibly fun, exciting and interesting place! But at the same time, we’d like them to be wary and cautious- if something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t, and creating a bit of ‘think first, then click, or not!’

Together, 5C have created this digital footprint safety statement: we should not share personal information or identify pictures on our blog or any other digital platform. We only share information that we would comfortably share with a complete stranger.

This page includes several links to useful pages for your own reading ‘pleasure’. I have tried to include pages across all types of digital media- internet, phones, iPads and tablets and across a range of ages (some primary and some secondary). The list of websites included below is not an exhaustive list and you may find all, some or none of them of any interest or help. You can let me know what you think in the comments!

Cyber safety

This is a website developed by Open Colleges and it contains a great selection of information, hints, tips and ideas on cyber bullying, identity theft, plagiarism, computer viruses and general internet safety. It’s very easy to read and to navigate.

cyber safety

A website from the Victorian Department of Education. It features a series of short documents about a range of cyber safety issues such as Netiquette, inappropriate content and social media. It also includes very short pages for primary and secondary aged children about digital safety, sharing pictures and plagiarism. Links on the LHS give further information about cyber bullying.

cyber smart

Again, another government website. This link will take you to a PDF which has some great hints and tips about social networking, mobile phone safety and cyber bullying. It gives some very common sense pointers about what you can do to help or stay involved.

social media

This page is from CYBERSMART, another brilliant government website, which I think is a really worthwhile website for parents, educators and children of all ages. The tabs across the top of the page take you to relevant information for each party. The parents page provides information in layman’s terms, with images, glossaries, lists of acronyms and information about parental controls.
This particular link will take you to a page that provides information about social media. It’s easy to read, gives tips on what the website is, how it’s used, what it looks like, access and privacy on the site and how to use it safely.
The kids page from this website is really great, featuring fun cartoons, quizzes, chat rooms, games watch videos and read about cyber safety in kid language.

social

Yet another government website (you’d think they’d compile these somehow, huh?). This page provides a larger list of social networking sites with similar information to the site above. It also includes information on search engines and some of the more common online games websites, like Minecraft.

esmart

Provides information on what an eSmart school is. It provides an overview of the process to become an eSmart school.

web smart

A website specifically for parents, who aren’t so tech savvy. It includes how to’s, reviews of apps, tips on how to navigate social media like facebook, parental controls and safe searches and iPads/iPods.

alanah and madeline foundation

The Alannah and Madeline Foundation is a great basics websites about bullying. It features overviews of their programs and a  bullying advice centre for parents and students.

apple

A very useful Apple Guide on how to manage your child’s iPad, including restrictions for Apple IDs and apps on your child’s iPad.

These lists of social media are not comprehensive, you child may be using other social media websites that aren’t listed here. The easiest way to find out about social media websites is to ask your child about them and see if they can teach you about it. Some children in 5C are using up to 6-7 of these social media websites.
These social media websites are blocked at school- they cannot be accessed. However, unless you have them filtered or blocked at home, your child can access these websites and many more through their netbook, home computer, phone, iPad or tablet, iPod and iPhone or other smart phone. It may be useful for you to remind your child that netbooks are learning tools and as such should not be used to play games or look at social networks unless they have been otherwise instructed to by their teacher.

One of the best ways for you to learn about social media is to use it yourself- get into it! Facebook, Pintrest, Twitter can be exceptionally fun and interesting places to hang out. You can reconnect with family (maybe they’re living overseas?), chat with people who have similar interests (anyone else feeling the love for a ’64 Torana?), find recipes, hints, tips, cool articles, interesting pictures, inspiration. Embrace it! It’s not as bad as it seems!

As a teacher, I’d like to see my students using all aspects of digital media safely, ethically and responsibly.

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