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.
What did you do for Safer Internet Use Day?