Primary students enhance digital citizenship skills

The IGS Primary School observed National eSmart week recently.

Students from Kindergarten to Year 6 were engaged in explicit lessons to enhance their digital citizenship skills.

Areas covered included:

  • Media Balance and Wellbeing
  • Privacy and Security
  • Cyberbullying, Digital Drama and Hate Speech
  • Relationships and Communication
  • Digital footprint and Identity
  • News and Media Literacy.

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

“Some companies are now using software to create an online profile of prospective applicants for future employment. This software uses AI (Artificial Intelligence) facial recognition. This will trawl the net and accumulate any photos of an applicant and websites associated with those photos. 

“Students need to be aware of everything they post online and how it can have a detrimental affect on their future digital footprint. Parents are key in getting involved with their children’s online world and understanding how they use it.”

Year 1 Blue read a cyber safety book called Once Upon A Time Online. David said the students took away some important messages from this book, such as:

“Only talk with friends online.”

“Be as nice to people online as you would offline.”

“There was an amazing conversation which showed me how the children engage with their online world,” their teacher Ms O’Kane said after reading the book. 

Stage 3 students dealt with some important online issues such as stereotypes presented online.

These lessons are from Common Sense Media.

“This is a magnificent site for educators and parents,” David said, recommending parents and caregivers explore it.

The Office of the eSafety Commissioner Of Australia provides an excellent resource for parents too. Parents are encouraged to explore this site as well, to see how much they really know about the latest apps their children are using.”