Cyber safety in focus

IGS Primary Digital Innovator and Year 6 Teacher David Smith has brought back to IGS the latest insights into cyber safety, having attended the recent AIS ICT Management and Leadership conference at the National Convention Centre, Canberra.

The eSaftey Commissioner of Australia Julie Inman Grant presented the keynote address, shedding light on new online safety initiatives.

“Ms Inman Grant was highly informative and was able to give delegates insights into how her office operates and ways to keep young people safe online,” Mr Smith said.

She confirmed that safety measures could be achieved through the following actions:

  • understanding online risks and how to mitigate them
  • education through the “four R’s: Respect, Responsibility, Resilience and Reasoning”
  • enhance safety design aspects, by building protection barriers before devices go to market
  • providing a well-resourced safety net and reporting service, which young people can find at the Office of the eSafety Commissioner

“Banning technology is not the answer,” Ms Inman Grant said. “Maximising the use of technology and minimising the risks associated with them is key.”

After the keynote address, Mr Smith met with Ms Inman Grant to discuss online safety initiatives that have been put into place at IGS. This was a fantastic opportunity for Mr Smith to obtain detailed knowledge on adopting new measures to promote cyber safety within our school and community.

During her address, Ms Inman Grant communicated that the eSafety Office have received an increasing number of image-based cyber abuse reports nationwide. She also said that only 12 per cent of young people report online bullying, enforcing greater need for online safety measures and support to be put in place.

From the eSafety Office records, one in 10 Australians have experienced image based abuse and one in five Australian women (aged 18 to 45).

“The eSafety Office is adamant in keeping people safe online especially through social media, gaming and chat room platforms,” said Mr Smith. “Early prevention is key!”

IGS Primary Digital Innovator and Year 6 Teacher David Smith with eSaftey Commissioner of Australia Julie Inman Grant