We cannot help children develop the skills and capabilities to learn online using a single set of rules. Use agreements are only a starting point if we want to grow digital competencies. Effective approaches involve ongoing discussion with learners and deliberate and sustained teaching in our curriculum programmes.
The following resources may be useful to help you explore issues with your learners. Use them to:
- Support your ongoing inquiries e.g. weave them appropriately through your local curriculum programme (rather than explore in isolation);
- Use NetSafe’s The Grid to help you focus in on current issues that might be relevant for your chosen age groups;
- Talk about what is important and appropriate in your school community; and
- Use them as prompts to think about and agree on appropriate behaviours.
Note: These resources are offered as starting points for discussion only. NetSafe does not take responsibility for material on third party sites. We recommend teachers/parents assess the appropriateness of content before sharing with students.
Resources to support learning — Upper primary (Years 5-8)
- Take CTRL: Twelve short adverts focusing on cyberbullying, privacy and managing your security (Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner, Australia)
- Connections (6 videos): Overview and conversations with young people about privacy, scams, identity and getting the balance right. (Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner, Australia) — Intermediate
- ‘Let’s fight it together’: This video drama highlights the different ways that cyberbullying can happen and the consequences for the target. (Order a DVD version from Netsafe)
- Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre (CEOP) YouTube videos to help children of all ages stay safe online
- Cyberbullying: Useful dedicated guidance for young people, parents and caregivers and teachers and principals who want help to understand and deal with bullying that takes place in cyberspace. (NetSafe, 2015) — upper primary
- Staying safe online: Clear, practical steps from leading online companies about how to stay safe — with downloadable guide (NetSafe, 2015) – upper primary
- OWLS: Wise Words on Privacy: Resources and activities to weave into curriculum programmes (NetSafe & Office of the Privacy Commissioner, 2015) – upper primary
- With friends like these: Video, lesson plan and resource to raise awareness in of the consequences of sharing and publishing images of others. It demonstrates that seemingly small actions quickly gain momentum and get out of control (SWGFL, UK – upper primary
Resources to support learning — Lower primary (Years 1-4)
- Hector’s World videos: Explore keeping yourself safe and secure online with these nine short video stories based on the Hector’s World cybersafety game (Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner, Australia)
- Classroom Resources (Primary): A collection of games, videos and stand-alone lessons (Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner, Australia)