Be safe online

The online world is very much a part of life and learning. As it becomes increasingly interactive, it presents exciting educational opportunities, but also some risks. The Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood development Learning On Line website has been developed to help schools make the most of online learning opportunities in the safest and most effective ways.
The information on the site will be supplemented with further resources and material, and regularly updated as needs emerge. The various sections of the site include:

Digicitizenship
Join this wiki for a fabulous collection of teaching ideas and resources which is regularly updated.

Centre for safe and responsible internet use 
The Centre for Safe and Responsible Internet Use has developed a new framework for addressing these issues under the overall concept of Cyber Savvy Schools. Resources and links are provided for educators.

CyberSmart
Free to educators, the CyberSmart! Student Curriculum empowers students to use the Internet safely, responsibly, and effectively.

Cyber [smart] schools
Cyber [smart] provides activities, resources and practical advice to help young kids, kids, teens and parents safely enjoy the online world. Cyber[smart] also offers training and resources for schools and materials for library staff. Developed by the Australian Communications and Media Authority, Cyber [smart] is part of the Australian Government’s cybersafety program.

Cyber [smart] schools gateway
The Schools Gateway offers a wide range of accessible and engaging resources to assist primary and secondary schools to develop and implement a holistic approach to cybersafety.
The following resources are available:

  • Common cybersafety issues—guides to assist schools to address cybersafety issues as they arise
  • policies and procedures to encourage cybersafe behaviour across the school
  • video explanations of how children engage with online technologies at different ages
  • explanations of the relevant skills and knowledge children and young people need to behave as safe and responsible cybercitizens
  • teacher resources including practical units of work with engaging activities
  • explanations of technologies commonly used by children and young people
  • free cybersafety professional development for teachers
  • free internet safety awareness presentations for parents
  • updates on the most recent cybersafety research and events relevant to schools

You might like to try these interactive tools which encourage students to think about their online safety:

Cybernetrix for secondary students and Cyberquoll

Future Lab's handbook, "Developing the home school relationship using digital technologies"

Netsmartz - an interactive, educational safety resource from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) and Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) for children aged 5 to 17, parents, guardians, educators, and law enforcement that uses age-appropriate, 3-D activities to teach children how to stay safer on the Internet.
The goal of the NetSmartz Workshop is to extend the safety awareness of children to prevent victimization and increase self-confidence whenever they go online. View their latest video here.

That's not cool - cyber safety issues – how to deal with pressure and harassment in online contexts. That's not cool is attempting to raise awareness about digital dating abuse and stop it before it gets worse. Sponsored and co-created by the Family Violence Prevention Fund, the Office on Violence Against Women and the Ad Council, the site is designed to address new and complicated problems between teens who are dating or hooking up—problems like constant and controlling texting, pressuring for nude pictures, and breaking into someone's e-mail or social networking page.

Budd:e – e-security for the online world.

SoSo – Smart Online Safe Online – Cyber Bullying and stranger Danger

Frontline episode "Growing up online"

Wired Safety : the world's largest Internet safety, help and education resource.

CyberNetiquette Comix, an entertaining, interactive way for families to learn valuable lessons about online safety. Join classic Disney characters for adventure, fun, and online awareness tips. Parents and children are encouraged to enjoy and discuss the interactive fables on the site together.

Don't believe the type, this information was adapted from Teen Safety on the Information Highway written by Lawrence J. Magid, a syndicated columnist, media commentator, and host of www.safekids.com and www.safeteens.com. Teen Safety on the Information Highway was jointly produced by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and The MASTER Teacher.

ID the creep – girls' game, an interactive game which encourages players to identify potential risk situations online.

Internet safety for teens – what to say.

Be Web Aware - How to lock Google's Safe Search

NetBullies, preventing and handling cyberbullying and harassment.

Facebook: Learning putty advice for educators, Facebook's new simplified privacy settings A video which shows how to configure Facebook's new simplified privacy settings. Including: Using the new one-page simplified privacy controls, limiting what the world can see about you, opting-out of Instant Personalization and an introduction to customizing privacy settings. 

For Parents: Click - a technology guide for parents from the NSW Department of Education and Training.
Wired safety's tips for parents

 


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