Engaging in eSmart Week

Students from Kindergarten to Year 6 have been enhancing their digital citizenship skills during National eSmart Week.

Areas explored include:

  • Internet safety
  • Privacy and security
  • Cyberbullying
  • Relationships and communication
  • Digital footprint and reputation
  • Self image and identity
  • Information literacy
  • Creative credit and copyright.
Hayley Stone of Year 6 with Oscar Curcio of Year 2, exploring the Digital Citizenship course available to all Primary students

“It is imperative that students are exposed to explicit learning in Digital Citizenship to promote their future digital footprint and communication skills,” said IGS Primary Digital Innovator David Smith.

“This is the first generation of students coming through that have always had some device at their fingertips connected to the world wide web.

Primary Digital Innovator David Smith with Year 6 and Year 2 students

“Technology is changing exponentially and we need to equip these students now with the necessary digital skills so they can cope when they are adults.”

The lesson plans have been sourced from Common Sense Media, which Mr Smith affirms “is a magnificent site for educators, parents and children”.

The Office of the eSafety Commissioner of Australia provides another excellent resource for parents too,” Mr Smith said.

Parents are encouraged to visit the eSafety site, to learn more about the latest digital apps many children are using.