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Classroom online safety resources

Resources to help students learn to be safe online include those about:

  • treating others respectfully online
  • being constructive and not harming others
  • keeping private information secure
  • knowing how to report unsafe online behaviour to an authority for follow up.

Resources to use with students (click to expand)

  • Social media services’ safety centres  contains a comprehensive list of social media services’ safety centres for users to learn about safe site use and report abuse or offensive content. Safety centres provide support in using the site and help deal with online safety issues, including online bullying.
  • Creep Quiz: Are U Safe Online? Developed by the Queensland Department of Education  and Training in partnership with Telstra, this interactive quiz provides insights into the online world and highlights some pitfalls. Six characters in the quiz represent potential pitfalls for young people who might inadvertently put themselves at risk online. The Creep Quiz is supported with practical tips and advice to help parents talk to their children about what to look out for in their daily digital interactions.
  • Trolling, Doxxing and Swatting Fact Sheet by ThinkUKnow (reproduced with permission) talks about these new terms which are used to describe forms of online harassment and online bullying that have originated from online gaming, but spread to other areas. It is useful to examine what trolling, foxing and swatting involve so that the harm they cause can be minimised.
  • The Australian Government Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner (formerly Cybersmart) Classroom resources provides a suite of online primary and secondary school activities that encourage students to learn about online safety in school-based environments.  Specific resources include:
    • Budd:e Cybersecurity Education package – designed to raise the e-security awareness of Australian primary and secondary school students and help them stay smart online. It consists of activity-based learning modules for primary and secondary school students, which were developed in consultation with teachers and subject matter experts.
    • Cybersmart Access, a series of fun games designed to reinforce key online messages to children with special education needs. It is designed for use within specialist and mainstream schools and can be used by all students regardless of their abilities.
    • Cybersmart Detectives a teacher-led resource designed for primary schools. This animated teaching module uses a Ôreal worldÕ example to explore what may happen if someone reveals too much information online.
    • Digital citizenship contains videos, lesson plans and other materials to explore how children and young people can become confident online participants and engage positively with digital technology.
    • Games and quizzes are designed to reinforce key online safety messages to children.
    • #GameOn is a series of online safety videos that follows the online experiences of a group of lower secondary students. Topics include online bullying, excessive gaming, sharing passwords, free downloads and online friends.
    • Hector’s World for young students aged 5-7, is an animation that follows the experiences of Hector and his friends, and offers children practical guidance on managing risks. It reinforces the importance of responsible online behaviour.
    • Standalone lesson plans for primary classes designed to build a range of skills, knowledge and behaviours in students that will help to keep them safe online.
    • Zippep’s Astro Circus reinforces the concept of computer security, through a series of games aimed at students from prep to year 2.
    • Be Deadly Online is an animation and poster campaign developed with Indigenous writers and actors about online issue such as bullying, reputation and respect for others.
    • Standalone lesson plans for secondary classes designed for teachers to address a range of safety issues and encourage positive online behaviours in students.
    • Tagged is a series of videos that follows a group of high-school friends who post a rumour about a rival that sparks a chain reaction that affects everyone. It deals with online bullying, sexting, and filmed fights, and  comes with middle and upper secondary lesson plans.
    • Games, apps and social networking – Quick guide to popular social media sites and apps.
  • Kids Helpline have partnered with Optus to create cybersafety lesson plan pack to educate students about cyberbullying and sexting.
  • Digital Citizenship Lessons (NSW) : on topics including security, digital footprints, making friends, purchasing online and netiquette.
  • The Australian Government Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner website provides information on common online safety issues for students including:

Parent resources (click to expand)

Parents may seek advice from school staff about online safety (cybersafety) issues. The following links contain online safety information which could be provided to parents:

  • Cybersafety - Tips for parents contains information for parents about the following:
    • Keeping kids safe online
    • Keeping facebook private
    • Should kids have computers in their bedrooms
    • Ten Cybersafety Tips every parent should know.
  • The Australian Government Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner website has a dedicated section for parents about online safety issues, including online bullying (cyberbullying).
  • Choosing technology for your children helps parents to understand what the latest technologies can do and how they're being used.
  • Cybersafety and cyberbullying: A guide for parents and caregivers provides information for parents about online safety, online bullying, inappropriate online behaviour, inappropriate content, how to report an incident to a website operator, and web filtering and parental control software.
  • Cybersafety Help Button developed by the Australian Government is a free application that is easily downloaded onto personal computers, mobile devices, and school networks. It offers counselling, reporting and educational resources to assist young people deal with online risks including cyberbullying, unwanted contact, scams and fraud, and offensive or inappropriate material.

Download an information sheet on cybersafety to use with your students