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Cybersmart Challenge

About this resource

Teacher-led activities using animated videos to introduce primary school students to key online safety issues including cyberbullying, protecting personal information and sharing images.

Target audience

Level

Lower primary, Middle primary, Upper primary

Keywords

Bystanders, Critical thinking, Cyberbullying, Privacy and personal information, Respectful online relationships, Unwanted contact

Type of resource

Video, teacher guide, lesson plans, certificates 

Timeframe

35 to 45 mins: 3 x videos from 5 to 10 minutes, lesson plans 15 to 45 minutes

Australian curriculum

Key learning areas

Health and Physical Education, Technologies

General capabilities

Ethical Understanding, Personal and Social Capabilities, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Capability

* Age recommendations are indicative only. The programs have been successfully used by students outside these age ranges. Cybersmart and Cybersmart Hero may be suitable for younger children.

Key outcomes

Students will be better equipped to understand and manage key online safety issues, including inappropriate or unwanted contact, cyberbullying and the risks of sharing images online.

Using this resource 

There are three modules, which can be used as standalone lessons or as a series. When used as a series, they foster a deeper understanding of online safety.

Select a module, show the students the video, and use the relevant lesson plan to facilitate activities and discussion. Students can be presented with a certificate at the end of the session. 

You can also send your students the link to the student homepage and let them explore on their own.

Student home

 

Structure 

The three teaching modules are: 

  • Cybersmart Forever (35 to 45 mins) focusing on the risks of sharing images online  
  • Cybersmart Detectives (30 to 45 mins) focusing on privacy, personal information and inappropriate or unwanted contact  
  • Cybersmart Hero (35 to 45 mins) focusing on cyberbullying and the role of the bystander 

Materials: 3 x teacher guides, 3 x lesson plans, 3 x student certificates or download under individual topics below. 

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PDF

 

Cybersmart Forever (35-45 mins)

Key issues

Privacy and personal information, cyberbullying, respectful online behaviour, inappropriate or unwanted contact 

Key outcomes 

By the end of this unit of work, students will be able to: 

  • identify how to safely share content/images online 
  • describe and use strategies to protect their content/images online 
  • understand risks of friending strangers online 
  • recognise when to seek help with online dilemmas 

Activity  

  • Part 1 (10 to 15 mins): Show the students the animation and lead a discussion based on suggested questions provided.  
  • Part 2 (45 mins, immediately after part 1 or as a separate lesson): Students work through a range of images deciding whether to post, share or delete. Students share ethical dilemmas they have thought about or experienced online, and consider the ethical issues posed in the video by taking the perspective of different characters. 

Downloads 

 

Media

Cybersmart Forever video (5:00)

Cybersmart Detectives (30-45 mins) 

Key issues

Inappropriate or unwanted contact, privacy and personal information, respectful online behaviour, accessing support 

Key outcomes 

By the end of this unit of work, students will be able to: 

  • identify what personal information is safe to put online 
  • describe and use strategies in situations where they feel uncomfortable or unsafe online 
  • recognise that people they meet online may pretend to be someone else 
  • seek assistance if things go wrong online 

Activity 

  • Part 1 (20 to 25 mins): Show the students the animation and lead a discussion based on suggested questions provided.  
  • Part 2 (30 mins, immediately after part 1 or as a separate lesson): Students create a personal profile suitable to be posted online. Students create a list of trusted people they would contact if an online experience made them uncomfortable. 

Downloads 

 

Media 

Cybersmart Detectives video (9:54)

Cybersmart Hero (35-45 mins)

Key issues 

Respectful online behaviour, cyberbullying, bystanders, accessing support 

Key outcomes

By the end of this unit of work, students will be able to: 

  • identify what cyberbullying is 
  • describe and use strategies in situations where they feel cyberbullied 
  • recognise when to seek help in cyberbullying situations 
  • be a positive bystander in a cyberbullying situation 

Activity  

  • Part 1 (20 to 25 mins): Show the students the animation and lead a discussion based on suggested questions provided.  
  • Part 2 (30 mins, immediately after part 1 or as a separate lesson): Students identify and discuss whether a range of scenarios are examples of cyberbullying, bullying, or not bullying.  

Downloads

 

Media 

Cybersmart Hero video (5:48)