Raising positive digital citizens
Teaching students their rights and responsibilities online across Junior, Middle, and Senior School.
For National eSmart Week, we are sharing the ways we teach students across the College about how to remain safe online.
Throughout the academic year our Junior School classes integrate cyber safety into the curriculum, focusing on developing our students' knowledge and understanding of digital technologies, as well as future skills, lifelong habits, and self-regulation. Our programmes and proactive teaching strategies aim to support our young students in learning how to participate safely, respectfully, and responsibly in the digital world.
When students transition into Middle School, their learning focuses on using digital technologies in a responsible and ethical manner, as well as practical strategies to stay safe online. They are taught the importance of seeking adult help if they feel unsafe, as well as the legal implications of cyber abuse. Topics taught across Middle School classrooms include online safety, cyber bullying, being aware on the internet, social media's role in social dynamics, and online predators and personal safety.
Our older students explore critical thinking skills to apply to posting images and other content online, as well as reflective thinking to ensure they're making positive decisions that reflect our values. Our Year 12 students, in particular, have a focus on their digital footprint with a vision towards the future, with discussions on possible legal implications and impacts on employment prospects. These educational experiences support the work of their previous years, and asks students to apply their media and ICT literacy to scenarios in life beyond school.
To explore online safety further, you can explore the following resources.