Being cybersmart

One of week 8s learning tasks involved completing a self-paced online training program, Connect.ed, that provides teachers the knowledge, confidence and resources to help students stay safe online. The Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner developed this program with the hope to protect Australian children when they experience cyberbullying. This is achieved by managing a complaints scheme and handles complaints about prohibited online content.

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The online training program has four modules that takes approximately 6 hours to complete. Rachel lists the topics for the modules in her blog:

  • the connected world
  • cybersafety and your students
  • schools and the law
  • putting it into practice

I have been putting this off because I have so many other things to do. However, it was not too bad once I got stuck into it, and it only took me 3 hours to complete. The modules included “learning activities such as issue-based simulations that replicate a student’s experience in social networking sites, video interviews with experts in the field, attitudinal surveys and interactive case studies that prompt teacher self-reflection”.

I feel there are so many things to be constantly thinking about when you are a teacher, I hope that it doesn’t take years for it to become second nature.

I received a cyber safety certificate after completing the four modules.

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