Smart, Safe and Responsible Use of Digital Technologies

Creating Great Digital Citizens @ WNPS

 

The online world offers enormous potential benefits for teaching and learning in our school. New technologies such as blogs, personal spaces and social networking tools are now part of young people’s life on the web.  These technologies provide opportunities for collaboration and for learning to occur beyond the classroom.  There are, however, some potential dangers when using the internet and other technologies. 


These can include: 

  • bullying or harassment (cyberbullying)
  • accessing inappropriate content
  • contact with strangers
  • posting private information
  • using (or stealing) content owned by others eg images, music or videos
  • plagiarising: taking ideas or information created/ owned by others without referencing their origin
  • not using critical thinking skills when using the internet
  • not seeking support offline when there is an issue.

 

Although internet use at WNPS is supervised by teachers, our aim is to prepare students for their use of the internet and other technologies beyond the classroom.


Hector's World

In Prep and Year 1, education programs aimed at developing safe, smart and responsible users of technology are focused on how to care for digital devices, keeping personal details such as names and passwords private, accessing age appropriate internet sites. The animated resource, Hectors World, builds student understandings of protecting personal information, online privacy, cyberbullying and eSecurity. 


Zippep's Astro Circus


In Year 2, education programs aimed at developing safe, smart and responsible users of technology are focused on the acronym THINK.

Using the interactive online resource, Zippep's Astro Circus, students learn about:

 T Ticket

Tell your Mum or Dad if you see something online that upsets you. Or if someone makes you feel unhappy. You can also talk to a trusted adult, like a teacher: they can help.

 H Ticket

Hide your password. Only ever share your password with your parents - never with your friends. Someone else could go online pretending to be you and do something that could get you into trouble.

 I Ticket

Interesting websites can be fun. Check with Mum or Dad if a site is okay to use before you visit. Sometimes they can set up a list of good sites just for you.

 N Ticket

Name calling or being mean is not cool and could be cyberbullying. Be nice when talking online or over the phone. Look out for yourself and for others.

 k Ticket

Keep your special personal information safe. Never give your real name, address or phone number to anyone, you don't know in the real world. Use a nickname in chatrooms or when you play games on the computer.



In Years 3 - 6 education programs are aimed continuing the development of safe, smart and responsible digital citizens. Students are engaged with online multimedia resources, and explore and discuss current issues.

Some of these resources can be accessed at home and also have sections with information for parents:


Budd:e Logo   Budd:e 

Cybersafety Detectives   Cybersmart Detectives

 

Digital Citizenship   Digital Citizenship


#GameOne   #GameOn


The main aim of WNPS eSafety education programs is to encourage students to speak to an adult when issues do arise. Incidents of cyberbullying or inappropriate use of the internet are dealt with seriously in line with our Student Wellbeing and Engagement Policies and the Acceptable Use Agreement.


The Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner is Australia's leader in online safety.

The Office is committed to helping young people have safe, positive experiences online and encouraging behavioural change, where a generation of Australian children act responsibly online—just as they would offline.

We provide online safety education for Australian children and young people, a complaints service for young Australians who experience serious cyberbullying, and address illegal online content through the Online Content Scheme.

Our goal is to empower all Australians to explore the online world—safely.

https://www.esafety.gov.au/