In an increasingly digital world it is important that students are fully equipped with the knowledge of how to use the internet for advancement as we all as knowledge of how to navigate the perils of online information in this ever changing medium.
As outlined in the Victoria Safe and responsible use of technologies website a link of which is supplied below.
Within my role as class teacher it is paramount to:
Develop digital media literacy which includes positive online communication, peer and personal safety.
Developing positive online behaviours - polite address, protecting personal information, having adult supervision and where possible a filter
Equipping students with an awareness of cyberbullying, how to respond to it, the role of the bystander.
Here is a list of resources I am using to keep abreast of the best way to approach the cyber world as a teacher and how to best prepare my students:
Bully Stoppers – supports parents, teachers and principals in working together to make sure schools are safe and supportive places
Classroom resources – links to downloadable classroom activities, videos, interactive learning modules and quiz, advice sheets and other useful resources to use in the classroom
Cyber Teach Toolkit– sequential lessons developed for Victorian classrooms
Safer internet day student activities – developed to support primary and secondary teachers
Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner – the Office provides a range of up-to-date information and resources, coupled with a complaints system to assist children who experience serious cyberbullying