Thanks to David for drawing attention to this valuable website for educators and students alike. With a plethora of engaging resources to access, Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has developed an initiative called cyber [smart:] which delivers a range of materials that can be implemented in today’s classrooms. The site contains a highly appropriate set of four modules for a teacher to complete in order to ascertain his/her level of understanding of the internet and how it is being used by students.
The modules cover the following areas:
Module 1: The Connected World – addressing the four cyber safety capabilities: digital media literacy, positive online behaviours, peer and personal safety and e-security.
Module 2: Cybersafety and your students – looking at the issues that are faced by today’s students in an online environment.
Module 3: Schools and the law – focussing on the importance of a whole school policy/approach when dealing with cyber issues.
Module 4: Putting it into practice – exploring a range of available resources for using with students and enhancing their awareness of cyber safety.
It’s important (for all concerned) to be educated in the safe and ethical use of the internet. What is also apparent is the necessity for continued and open dialogue between teacher and student/student and parent/school and parent/community and school. This was a valuable resource and one which I would like to implement at some stage in the future.