If you haven’t already registered for Safer Internet Day, it’s not too late!
Safer Internet Day is an annual global event where children and young people are encouraged to be safer and more responsible when using digital technologies. This year, Safer Internet Day will be held on Tuesday 10 February, and the theme is ‘let’s create a better internet’. There will be two important events on the day to support the work of schools, including an online cyber safety session via FUSE for students from Year 4 to 6. The Department has also partnered with the Herald Sun to run a live blog where parents and students can chat live with expert Andrew Fuller.
9:30 – 10:30 Being a Good Bystander web conference
This web conference is co-presented by The Department and the Cybersmart Team at ACMA. The session will explore the concept of ‘Being a Good Bystander’ and is aimed at students in years 4, 5 and 6.
Schools can register their interest at SID2015
11:30 – 1:30 Live blog with Andrew Fuller
The Herald Sun has partnered with the Department and clinical psychologist Andrew Fuller to give parents and kids some practical advice on how to deal with cyberbullies, and how to stay safe online. Cyberbullying is an increasing issue for young people, with up to one in 10 students involved in cyberbullying every year.
Schools are also encouraged to organise local events and activities.
Learning and Teaching Resources
There are numerous resources available for all year levels that promote safe internet use. These can be found at https://fuse.education.vic.gov.au/Pages/saferinternetday2015.aspx.
There are also Cybersmart resources available that align to the bystander theme, including
- Newsletter article – Cybersmart has a series of ready-made articles that can be used to focus on cybersafety issues in your weekly newsletter. Download the Bystander newsletter article (Word, 155KB) or read it online (HTML).
- #GameOn – This video series follows the online experiences of a group of upper primary/ lower secondary students. Over five short episodes, the students find themselves in situations that catch them off-guard and teach them the consequences of making poor decisions online. http://www.cybersmart.gov.au/gameon.aspx.
More Information on Safer Internet Day can be found at:
Safer Internet Day 2014 – FUSE: https://fuse.education.vic.gov.au/Pages/saferinternetday2014.aspx
DEECD Bully Stoppers: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/bullystoppers/Pages/default.aspx