This is my certificate for completing the 4 modules on cyber-safety as part of this weeks learning path. I have done this course previously in 2011 as a teacher aide. It was interesting to do it again as a Pre-service Teacher. I found it very helpful to address the question “What do I need to know for professional experience?” I have printed out the schools policies and procedures and am making sure I understand them.
I liked the idea of staying connected with what your students are doing. As teachers, our role was discussed as being a guide and mentor to model safe online behaviours being a role model is very important. Knowing the language and lingo students use such as code language helps teachers to understand their students. However, I still believe that we are allowing student’s to be careless by using too much code and not writing out the whole words, especially for children who need help with spelling difficulties.
I had never heard of micro-blogging before but now understand it to be twitter and am excited that I am aware of how to use it. I was impressed with the resources for teachers to assist with planning to ensure cyber-safety is explicitly taught or embedded in lessons.
I researched the safety tips for 5-7 year olds because I will be teaching Grade 1 which will come in handy during professional experience.
SAFETY TIPS FOR STUDENTS – LOWER PRIMARY AGES 5-7
- Always sit with the students
- Ensure kid safe search engines are used
- Always be in a position where you can monitor what students are doing
- Invest in filtering tools and make sure they are working!
- Use blocking software to protect students from inappropriate pop ups or commercials
- Teach students about marketing and consumerism
- At this age don’t let them text, message or send emails
- Teach them that Images are not real people.
Discuss online personalities. Some people pretend to be someone they are not. Discuss how they have an online audience and identity and need to protect their reputation. Embrace technologies and learn how to use it safety to protect yourself. As teachers we need to be the leaders in teaching students how to navigate the online world and be proactive to prevent identity theft and bullying.
DUTY OF CARE – As teachers it is our obligation to take ‘reasonable care’ to protect and minimise the risk of harm to students when using technology at school. This also includes prevention of ongoing bullying and reporting cases that effect our students. Employ students to be part of the classrooms Cybersmart detectives to protect each other – students learn through the cybersmart detectives website activities and become alert to any inappropriate behaviour that occurs online.
PRIVACY TOPIC – I have selected a resource to use on professional experience to help students to become aware of privacy and what it means in our online world. Resources for sharing personal information is available as a lower primary unit plan. I am excited that I may be able to implement this at prac depending on what my mentor teacher says.
Cyber-smart Blogs an interesting insight for new bloggers!
I enjoyed this weeks learning path and wish everybody success as we make preparations for PRAC.
Ready… Set….GO! You can do it!