Technology is an embedded part of our lives, and it is essential that students understand how to engage responsibly in online spaces. Using the school's ICT agreement as a focus, develop an agreed set of rules and discuss protocols for ICT use. It is important students understand what it means to behave safely online and have an opportunity to explore this in more detail. Discuss the use of personal information or images when communicating online. Empower students with the knowledge of how to act responsibly online and equip them with the tools to know how to deal with cyberbullying behaviour. Use a collaborative online project to apply protocols and manage a task.
These lessons can be integrated in conjunction with English with a focus on interacting with others and/or with Health and Physical Education with a focus on being healthy, safe and active.
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All schools have ICT agreements that students and parents sign in order to use the technology in their schools. It is important for students to be familiar with, and understand, these agreements before they use the technology.
A key understanding underpinning digital citizenship is the idea of responsible ICT use and engagement in online spaces. Technology is an embedded part of our lives, and it is essential that students understand how to engage responsibly in online spaces. This includes understanding what to do when they stumble upon an inappropriate website, and how to socialise or collaborate in an acceptable manner with their peers in an online setting.
Responsible ICT use also means that students have a good understanding of how to care for and respect the devices and hardware that they work with.
It is important students understand what it means to behave safely online and have an opportunity to explore this in more detail.
Being safe online includes being careful with your personal details. It is important not to reveal personal information that can be used to identify you. In an online setting, be aware that not everything people say online will be the truth. If someone is rude or offensive or makes you feel unsafe leave the site immediately. Never meet anyone in person from an online site that you haven't met before.
Cyberbullying is the use of online technology, such as computers and mobile phones, to bully a person or group. Bullying is repeated behaviour by an individual or group with the intent to harm another person or group.
It is important to empower students with the knowledge of how to act responsibly and with resilience online, and equip them with the tools to know how to deal with cyberbullying behaviour. It is also crucial to demonstrate how others can be affected by their interactions online and what language and actions are considered appropriate in the online environment.
Discuss and ensure students understand protocols to use online; for example:
Tools such as Google Docs enable students to collaborate on shared documents.
Schools may also use a platform that provides a closed online community for students to share their ideas (eg Weebly or Seesaw).