​CYBER SAFETY

We recognise that student wellbeing and safety are essential for academic and social development. All students should be able to learn and develop in safe, supportive and respectful environments. Australian schools, families and communities all have a responsibility to provide safe online environments and teach children how to use technology in positive and productive ways.

With all of our students have access to various devices across the school and at home we have implemented a Cyber Safety Program that runs from Prep through to Grade 6.  Details of what our Cyber Safety Program includes is below:
 
Prep to Grade 2 -    
* Talking with Trusted Adults
* What is personal information and how to protect it
* Age appropirate websites
* Cyber Bullying and what to do 
* Positive Online Experiences

Grade 3
* Reflect upon students offline responsibilities
 * Examine students online responsibilities
* Learn that good digital citizens are responsible and respectful in the digital world (and beyond)    
Learn about the benefits of sharing information online but also the safety and security risks of sharing certain types of information
* Understand what types of information can put them at risk for identity theft and scams
* Distinguish between personal information, which is safe to share online, and private information which is unsafe to share online
*Generate solutions for dealing with cyber bullying
* Experiment with different keyword searches and compare their results
* Refine their searches by using multiple words, synonyms and alternative words and phrases​
       *Recognise that photos can be altered digitally, and consider the upsides and downsides of this practice
          *  Discuss how photo alteration can distort our perceptions and affect our self-image
* Analyse how advertising uses photo alteration to help sell products    

Grade 4
* Identify the characteristics of strong passwords
* Apply characteristics of strong passwords to create new passwords
* Create secure passwords with students family members 
* Establish expectations and norms for the group related to appropriate online behaviour
* Participate responsibly and respectfully in an online community
* Collaborate on a classroom motto about digital citizenship
* Define what spam is
* Explore strategies for safely managing unwanted messages
* Identify different forms of spam
* Explain the value of giving proper citations
*Name the components of an MLA Style citation for different types of websites
* Create MLA style citations for online articles and professional sites
* Recognise that photos can be altered digitally, and consider the upsides and downsides of this practice
* Discuss how photo alteration can distort our perceptions and affect our self-image
* Analyse how advertising uses photo alteration to help sell products

Grade 5
*  Compare and contrast online-only friends and in person, face-to-face friends
* Analyse why private information should not be given to anyone online without permission of a trusted adult
* Debate how to respond if an online only friend asks you personal questions
* Compare and contrast your responsibilities to their offline and online communities
 Reflect on the characteristics that make someone an upstanding citizen
* Devise resolutions to digital dilemmas
* Learn which information students should avoid sharing online because it is private
* Understand which kinds of websites have privacy policies and why
* Practice checking websites they visit for privacy policies and privacy seals of approvals
* Empathize with the targets of cyber bullying
* Recognise some of the key similarities and differences between in-person bullying and cyber bullying
* Identify strategies for dealing responsibly with cyber bullying
* Compare and contrast gender stereotypes
*  Evaluate online media messages that convey gender stereotypes
* Reflect on why gender stereotypes sometimes can be limiting    

Grade 6
*  Learn about the 24/7, social nature of digital media
* Explore students digital lives
* Understand the importance of using a variety of search strategies
 Master new strategies for effective and efficient online searches
 Learn to create and execute a five-step plan for conducting an online search
 Understand what identity theft is and why it is important to guard against it
*  Learn to recognise strategies that scam artists use to access private information
*  Learn how to guard again phishing and identity theft
 Reflect on what it means to be brave and stand up for others offline and online
* Learn to show empathy for those who have been cyber bullied
* Generate multiple solutions for helping others when cyber bullying occurs
* Understand that copyright is a legal system that protects their rights to creative work
 Compare different ways people license their copyrighted work
* Create an original piece of work, present it to class and reflect on the copyright of this material.    



The Department of Education works closely with the Department of Communications, which has primary responsibility for Cybersafety matters along with the Australian Communications and Media Authority to ensure evidence-based cybersafety education is available to all Australian schools for all members of the school community.

The following resources provide information for students, teachers, parents and the broader community about creating safe online and offline environments.​

Safe Schools Hub

This Hub is a one-stop shop for information and resources underpinned by the National Safe Schools Framework. The Hub assists school communities to nurture student responsibility and resilience, build a positive school culture, foster respectful relationships and support students who are impacted by anti-social behaviour, including bullying and cyberbullying.​

Bullying No Way!

This is an educational website for Australian school communities and the general public. As well as providing information for individuals, the website provides online curriculum and other resources to support the bullying prevention work of schools. Cybersafety resources and information aimed at children, parents and teachers are provided on the website.​

The Cyber Safety Help Button

This button is a FREE downloadable resource providing a one-stop-shop for cybersafety information. The Help Button is easy to install and use, and can be downloaded onto computers and mobile devices. Users have the option to TALK to someone about online issues that are of concern,REPORT inappropriate online content or behaviour, and LEARN about good cybersafety practices.​

Easy Guide to Socialising Online 

Provides information about the cybersafety features of different social networking sites, search engines and online games. It provides clear, step-by-step instructions on how to adjust privacy settings as well as site specific advice on how to report cyberbullying, abuse and inappropriate content.

Cyber Smart

Cybersmart is a national cybersafety and cybersecurity education program managed by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), as part of theAustralian Government's commitment to cybersafety. The program is specifically designed to meet the needs of its target audiences of children, young people, parents, teachers and library staff.


Stay Smart Online is the Australian Government's online safety and security website, designed to help everyone understand the risks and the simple steps we can take to protect our personal and financial information online​.


ThinkUKnow is an Internet safety program delivering interactive training to parents, carers and teachers through schools and organisations across Australia using a network of accredited trainers from our partner agencies.

Created by the UK Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre, ThinkUKnow Australia has been  developed by AFP, Microsoft Australia, Datacom and the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, supported by the New South Wales Police Force, Northern Territory Police, Queensland Police Service, South Australia Police, Tasmania Police, Western Australia Police and Neighbourhood Watch Australasia ​


Cybersafety Help Facebook Page​

The Australian Government’s Cybersafety Help Facebook Page provides a gateway to online resources and discussion about cybersafety issues. Through the page, visitors can be kept up to date on current cybersafety news and find links to educational resources. Further information on other Australian Government cybersafety initiatives is available from the: