Feb 7th is Safer Internet Day across the world, not only for students but for all who use the internet – whether beginners or experienced users.
Our Department of Education and Training in partnership with the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commission organised several webinars on Safer Internet Use. Read more here. These webinars were online and free.
Another exciting opportunity was offered to schools in Victoria, to apply for the opportunity to bring 2 female students from year 10 to work with Facebook and Instagram in their new Melbourne offices in the Docklands discussing the topic – Safety in the Age of Disappearing Media. Much to their excitement, two of our year 10 girls were accepted into the workshop and I accompanied them. The hashtag used is #girltakeover with the discussions being on encouraging them to be the power for change and make the internet and even more positive place to be, especially in regard to social media. Facebook and Instagram sponsored this event and were interested in getting feedback from this age group as all too often it is adults who are vocal and dominant.
There were fun activities for them to start with enabling them to get to meet the other students, gain confidence and have fun, in preparation for the ‘hard fun’ about to begin.
Some of the great advice given once the day formally began included:-
- Best filters that exist are between your brain.
- Disappearing media does not happen – it is there forever but it can be rewritten
- be empowered, be fierce, be strong, control your own brand.
- Facebook and other sites create great privacy settings so ues them – block, mute where necessary!
The children’s eSafety Commissioner took an active part in the day.
- the pressures of sharing information,
- why misunderstandings occur, why stories might be change and the trust that goes into the moment of sharing.
- the challenges of sharing media eg snapchat, instagram story.
Trust is put into ‘just a moment’, will people understand the context of what your are sharing, screenshot content which is supposed to be deletable. Platforms are evolving all the time. Instagram has live story now to create real connections. T is all aoubt likes – adds new pressures. Doesnt have to be perfect. Deletaable media. Share moment which are not to be massively shared. Can put lots out there without spamming.Our intentions are temporary and private but can be made public. You are not being humiliated – they are.
A cartoonist captured many of the activities and events of the day.
As we all love social media – there is a need to talk about all that we love in this world. Expectations as women what we want out there, how it should be respected etc. The girls will come back to school and take on a leadership role sharing what they experienced, seeking further feedback and keeping conversations open at school on positive and safe social media spaces.
SticksnStones and Project Rockit and were there to help organise the day.
What did you do for Safer Internet Use Day?
What would the world’s classroom look like at any point in time? I feel that I experienced that this morning. Why? There was/were
- 1 classroom (virtual in Blackboard Collaborate)
- up to 17,000 students
- 170 physical classes
- A class of deaf students from Furlong Park School
- 1 teacher (or presenter)
It is Safer Internet Use Day today and the Topic is “Let’s Build a Safer Internet Together”. Our Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development organised a webinar for all interested Victorian classrooms. The presenter was Greg Gebhart from Cybersmart ACMA who spoke on “Let’s Build a Safer Internet Together”. The session went for 45 mins and was highly interactive which is essential to student engagement in a virtual environment.
Year 5 and 6 are engaged
Questions and polls were posed at varying intervals. Class answers were placed in the chat. The presentation included lots of graphics and images and Greg’s presentation style was also engaging. When a round of applause was called for at the end, many used the virtual clapping hand but it was also exciting to hear real applause and cheers from classes who turned on their microphones.
Isn’t technology exciting? This is a wonderful use of technology that has engaged and embraced many students across Victoria simultaneously. To keep the conversations going, innovative Sandy Phillips has created a blog where students will actually be able to “Build a Safer Internet” and share their ideas, experiences and opinions. It is rich in resources so check out each of the pages as well as the posts and interact where possible. Below are the questions that Sandy uses to get discussions going with students and others.
What are you doing for Safer Internet Day?
It was with interest that I listened to another staff member tell me about the interesting email he had recieved inviting him to take part in a survey with one of or largest grocery chains in Australia. Thinking this could be interesting to share with my classes to teach authenticity of websites, I shared it with my classes this week -even my grade 4/5 ICT class. It worked really well with students enthausiastically sifting through the pluses, minuses and interesting components. (The active link has been removed so that others may not be mislead).
Here is the email:- (Note that this was the url but warning! http://www.huangdengfu.com/pps/Customer_Survey.html)
From: Woolworths Supermarkets [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Tuesday, 30 October 2012 4:05 PM
Subject: Customer Satisfaction Survey!
You have been selected to access the Woolworths 5 questions Survey and win a $50.00 gift certificate.
Please click here and complete the form to receive your reward. Thank you.
This is an automated message. Please do not reply.Message Id: 0019268154-wmrtsrv.
Here is what it looked like:
- I printed off the email msg below and got some classes to read the email and highlight anything that caught their attention. What was interesting, what was a little concerning etc. We then discussed as a class.
- With another group, they drew up a table in MS Word with the headings plus, minus and interesting. Under each heading they added their findings. They were given 5 minutes to do this. Then discussed as a group.
We also discussed why the clickable link was a potentially dangerous option. I did click on the link after warning them. This took me to the survey form. Below are two screen shots of the actual survey. Students read this, then talked about the interesting aspects of it and the authenticity of the site.
There were so many discussion points arising from this email
- personal identity
- how to protect personal identity
- potential dangers of clickable links
- scams, phish, potential outcomes of clicking on suspicious links
- vulnerable people etc
Please feel free to use the screen grabs, but take care with any clickable link and do not submit that survey form or click on next.
Tony Richards, (@itmadesimple and co-podcaster of the edtechcrew) led a discussion on the way we should view cybersafety for Tech Talk Tuesdays. This was a challenging and thought provoking session.
It made us think about:-
- where are our students online, when are they online, how are they online etc Do we know?
- holding regular conversations with students
- creating student surveys to see where they are at, and where the teaching needs to begin!
- students should be being taught to screencast eg screenr , jing are online tools
- 20 things I learned – a great free online resource. Could students read one chapter each fortnight and discuss in class? Should this be linked to their blog sidebars?
- and so much more. Listen to the recording to catch it all.
Shared from the participants
- creating online avatars
- Let’s stalk women app
- the Kony video on youtube
- Tony’s bookmarked sites on being smart online
- Report on Targeting Scams from the Australian government
The Topic: Changing the way we view cyber safety – a discussion
When: Tuesday, May 1st, 4-5pm Melbourne, Australia time (gmt+10)
Online webinar. Click on this link
to join the session.
About the session: Taking up from past presentations on TechTalk Tuesdays this session Tony Richards (@itmadesimple) will be lead discussions on the growing challenge of cyber smarts, digital footprints, online reputations and how we are dealing with these issues on a personal, professional and school community level. Participants will explore and discuss ideas that have worked and those that have not, looking to share our knowledge and experience, please come prepared to share, argue and challenge.
About the Presenter
: Mr Tony Richards has had a long and varied involvement with ICT in education. He has worked across a large range of environments, including time as a primary classroom teacher, technology advisor, network manager and developer, Distance Education Technology project manager, executive officer with ICTEV subject association, new media specialist with the Australian Children’s Television Foundation, Director of Information Technology with Northern Territory DET, blogger, podcaster on the Ed Tech Crew
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Here is the link to the recording
. This was such a fabulous, thought provoking session. Unfortunately, we had some technical issues uploading the presentation, so the session was shortened. However, Tony has agreed to return in June to complete the full session.