Knowing your online world is about understanding how you can use technology and devices. It is about learning new skills and knowing how to protect your digital footprint.
When you know your online world you have the skills and knowledge to participate in the online world with confidence. You learn new things, understand the language of digital technologies and know how to take action if your privacy is breached.
We recommend that all children are adequately supervised by an adult when using technology.
eSafety – enhancing online safety for children
eSafety – Parent resources
Think You Know for Parents
Internet safety program delivering interactive training to parents, carers and teachers
Activity based learning for primary students
Ages 5-10 – Hector’s World
The experiences of Hector and his friends offer young children practical guidance on managing risks and reinforce the importance of responsible online behaviour.
Ages 5-7 – Zippeps-Astro-Circus
Find out more about the internet and bullying, scams and hoaxes, netiquette and dodgy content on web sites.
How cybersmart are you?
Family internet safety contract
It’s a good idea to speak with your child about your family values and how this extends to behaviour online. One way to encourage this discussion, is by creating a family internet safety contract together so that everyone knows what is expected of them when they’re online.
Supporting young people to become competent, discerning users of technology is about helping them to develop the skills that allow them to critically question their own and others’ technology use. Becoming digitally literate will enable young people to make considered choices that will keep them safe when exploring, communicating, creating and collaborating with digital technologies.
Students need to learn about about age appropriate content, concern over the predatory behaviour of adults, acceptable use and cyber-bullying, issues of plagiarism, copyright and virus protection.
The e-safety agenda is about supporting children to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding that will enable them to make informed decisions in order to protect themselves on an ongoing basis.
[Hague and Payton (2010) Digital Literacy Across the Curriculum, Future Lab, p.46]