Be Deadly Online
About this resource
Lower secondary, Middle primary, Middle secondary, Upper primary, Upper secondary
Type of resource
Lesson plans, videos, student-directed learning, posters, web content
15 to 45 minutes, depending on activities chosen
Key learning areas
Students will discover how their digital footprint or reputation builds up over time, and how cyberbullying, sending nudes and sexting can impact themselves, their family and their community.
They will discuss the concept of respect in relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and how this can be applied to online activities.
Using this resource in schools
eSafety worked with several Aboriginal communities to develop the material for Be Deadly Online.
There are four teaching modules supported by lesson plans, videos and posters.
Show the videos or pin up the posters and use the lesson plan activities to structure discussion. Note that some of the videos contain language and themes that may not be suitable for younger children.
You can also send your students the link to the student and community resource page and let them explore on their own.
Lessons have been organised into four main topics:
- Social media and privacy.
- Sending nudes and sexting.
- Your digital footprint.
Explore what cyberbullying means and how to deal with abusive texts and hate pages online. Students learn how to get help and support other people if they see them bullied online.
Social media and privacy
Students can explore the benefits and the risks of posting pictures and stories on social media and learn how to protect their privacy. The lesson encourages informal class discussions in a yarning circle.
Video – Little things
Sending nudes and sexting
These materials introduce the concept of sending nudes and sexting and explore the potential social, emotional and legal consequences of sharing sexy pics.
Your digital footprint
This module contains two discussion-based lesson plans about digital footprints:
- 'Yarning circle' explores storytelling in Indigenous cultures and how this relates to sharing material online.
- 'I've done all the dumb things' looks at digital footprints and the impact of posting material online.
For community groups
As well as schools, the Be Deadly Online videos, posters and presentations can be used by:
- community service providers
- health centres
- local police
- future community leaders wanting to model positive online behaviour.
Using this resource with community groups
Note that the videos contain language and themes that may not be suitable for younger children.
A Yarrabah perspective
In this video, Yarrabah residents, teachers and police talk about the success of the Be Deadly Online program. They discuss how accurately it reflects concerns within Aboriginal communities and builds a strong and upbeat connection with students and parents.
Video: A Yarrabah perspective
We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the people who have worked with us on the Be Deadly Online resources.
eSafety acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, and to Elders past, present and emerging.