Safe and Smart in Cyberspace

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Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in ICT | Posted on December 4, 2015

We are an eSmart school. This means that we act in a safe and respectful way – on and offline. Everyone in our school learns about digital citizenship and how to be smart, safe and responsible users of technology.

Our regular blog readers may remember that a lady named Susan came to visit us earlier in the year. She is an expert on all things cybersafe. We were lucky enough to have Susan present to all Grade 3, 4, 5 & 6 students, all parents and teachers due to receiving a grant.

This term some students made a cybersafe jingle! We used notes from Susan’s presentation to write and record what we hope is a catchy jingle that will help everyone in our school (and everyone who reads our blog) remember some key things to do when you use technology. The song has been played over our PA system at school at the end of recess breaks.

 

 

Students all around the world learn about the best ways to be safe and responsible. Mrs Monaghan’s class in England wrote a terrific post about their digital footprints. Check it out HERE!

 

What are your top tips for staying safe online?

 

Do you follow certain rules?

 

How are you respectful and responsible?

Staying Safe in Cyberspace

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Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in ICT | Posted on September 11, 2015

This week was National eSmart Week. Susan McLean, a cybersafety expert, visited our school to talk about how to be safe, smart and responsible when we use the internet.

 

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Susan taught us two key words to remember which will make sure that we never say or write anything bad online. The words are RESPECT and RESPONSIBILITY. Before you type anything, you should ask yourself “Am I being respectful?” and “Am I being responsible?”

Sometimes people are nasty online. They feel brave because they are hiding behind a computer screen. We learnt about cyberbullying.

 

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We talked about what to do if anyone is nasty to us online. We also talked about different examples of cyberbullying so that we can make sure we don’t do it. Did you know, that if someone sends you a mean message about someone and then you forward it on, you can also get in trouble – even though you didn’t start it.

We learnt about social media sites that have age restrictions. Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube accounts and iTunes accounts can only be used by people over the age of 13. Susan explained that you can still watch YouTube clips if you are not 13, but you cannot upload your own clips. You have to be over 17 to use Kik. The age restrictions apply because young people are still learning how to use the internet responsibly.  Susan showed us a video about a creepy man who liked to look on these sites and try to make friends with children. Creepy Man lied about his own age and what he looked like.

Susan explained that sometimes people do things online that they would never do in real life. She asked us these questions:

 

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Our answer to all of the above questions was ‘No’. However, sometimes people do this online, without even realising. It then makes it easy for people you don’t know to find out about you. It is important to be cyber safe at all times.

 

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Susan told us different ways we can keep ourselves safe online. Only talk to people who you know in real life. If you have friends who you only know online, delete them. Don’t accept friend requests from people you have never met.

Susan summarised her tips for staying safe online:

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Upper Plenty P.S received a Bully Stoppers grant which made it possible for Susan to visit. We would like to thank the Bully Stoppers grant people and Susan for helping to teach us how to stay safe online.

 

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Click Here to complete a cyberbullying quiz and Click Here to see if you can earn your digital licence.

 

What is your  number one tip for staying safe online?

 

What did you learn from Susan?

 

 

Cyber Safety with Policeman Pete

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Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in ICT | Posted on October 26, 2014

Last week Snr Constable Peter Clarke visited 5/6 Team to speak about cyber safety.  Part of his job is to keep people safe when they use the internet.

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Policeman Pete asked us to use three simple words when working online. Respect. Private. Think!

It is important to respect yourself and other people.  He told us that if we wouldn’t post it on the classroom window then we shouldn’t post it online. He also told us how when we share a photo online it is easy for other people to share that photo. It can be seen by lots of people, including people you don’t know. So, before you post a photo you have to think really hard about whether or not it is appropriate to share. Policeman Pete shared an example of how photos can still exist in cyberspace even when the person who posted it deletes it.

Policeman Pete reminded us that it is hard to know who you are talking to online. Someone might pretend to be someone they are not. This is why it is so important to keep information private.

In some cases, people have ended up in trouble for not following Policeman Pete’s advice.

We enjoyed Policeman Pete’s visit and will be keeping his words of advice in mind when we are online.

What advice do you have for staying safe online?

 

What rules do you follow when you use the internet?

 

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