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Hector's World

About this resource

Engaging animated videos supported by lesson plans and worksheets, offering children practical guidance on staying safe and managing risks online.

Target audience

Level

Lower primary, Middle primary

Keywords

Cyberbullying, Online security, Privacy and personal information

Type of resource

Teacher guide, lesson plans, video, student-directed learning, flashcards.

Timeframe

7 x 45-minute lessons, including 7 x videos from 5 to 9 minutes.

Australian curriculum

Key learning areas

Technologies, Health and Physical Education

General capabilities

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

Key outcomes

Students will learn how to become safe and responsible digital citizens by only sharing personal information with people they trust and keeping their computers safe. They will also learn about the importance of seeking guidance from a trusted adult when they feel unsafe or uneasy online or if they experience cyberbullying. 

Using this resource

We suggest you watch all of the Hector’s World™ video episodes and review the key online safety points in the Teacher Guide first. 

View the video episodes with your class and use the lesson plans as a guide to enforce key learning objectives. You can also print and use the downloadable student worksheets (these can be located in the resource packs below), flashcards, storybooks and song sheets to enhance the learning experience.

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

Student home

Structure

The seven lessons are organised under the themes of: 

  • Protecting personal information (5 x 45 mins)
  • Computer security (45 mins)
  • Cyberbullying (45 mins)

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Materials: 14 x lesson plans, 1 x teacher guide, 2 x character flashcards, 2 x song sheets, 10 x student storybooks, 1 x worksheet

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Lower primary materials: 7 x lesson plans, 1 x teacher guide, 2 x character flashcards, 2 x song sheets, 5 x student storybooks, 1 x worksheet

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Middle primary materials: 7 x lesson plans, 1 x teacher guide, 2 x character flashcards, 2 x song sheets, 10 x student storybooks, 1 x worksheet

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Protecting personal information

Key issues 

Personal information, online safety, trust, seeking advice.

Key outcomes 

Outcomes will differ for lower primary and middle primary. By the end of this unit of work, students will be able to:

  • identify personal information
  • demonstrate an awareness of why it may be unwise to disclose their personal information online 
  • learn how to protect their personal information online
  • understand the importance of seeking advice from a trusted adult before participating online or if they feel unsafe online
  • feel encouraged to be open about their online experiences with a trusted adult

Lesson 1: Details, details… (45mins)

Media  
Details, details… video (5:22): Hector and his friends learn about their personal information — what it is, who it should be shared with and how can it be used.

Activities
Lower primary
: Students learn about their personal information by grouping themselves according to their characteristics. Students then watch and discuss the video as a class.

Middle primary: Watch the video as a class and use the discussion points in the lesson plan. Students then play a guessing game where they try to identify the secret identity of their classmates using pieces of personal information.

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Lesson 2: Welcome to the carnival (45mins)

Media  
Go to Welcome to the carnival video (8:34): Hector and his friends visit the Silicon Deep carnival and learn how to protect themselves and their personal information. 

Activities
Lower primary
: Watch the video as a class and use the discussion points in the lesson plan. Students decide which characters are trustworthy on the ‘Who do we trust in Hectors World™?’ worksheet by grouping themselves according to whether they think each character is to be trusted or not.

Middle primary: Before watching the video students decide which characters are trustworthy on the ‘Who do we trust in Hectors World™?’ worksheet. Watch the video as a class then ask students to decide which characters are trustworthy based on what they now know about the characters. Discussion points included in the lesson plan.

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Lesson 3: It’s a serious game (45mins)

Media 
Go to Your personal information online (7:59): When Hector and his friends sign up for the games arcade, will they be signing up for more than they expect? 

Activities
Lower primary
: Watch the video as a class and use the discussion points in the lesson plan to emphasise the importance of being careful about who we share our personal details with. Students learn what makes someone trustworthy or untrustworthy. 

Middle primary: Watch the video as a class and use the discussion points in the lesson plan. Students complete ‘Sign up for Squid’s birthday bonus’ worksheet in small groups. They identify different types of personal details and think about why someone would give the website that information.

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Lesson 4: The info gang (45mins)

Media 
Go to The info gang video (9:28): Tama uncovers the info gang’s evil plans to sell her friends' personal information. Will Constable Solosolave save the day?

Activities
Lower primary
: Watch the video as a class and use the discussion points and character feelings illustrations in the lesson plan. Students identify feelings that signal something is unsafe or someone is not to be trusted.

Middle primary: Watch the video as a class and use the discussion points and character feelings illustrations in the lesson plan. In groups or as a class, students identify how a character feels at different points in the story. They learn that their feelings let them know when a situation or person is unsafe, and can help them decide whether a person can be trusted.

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Lesson 5: Heroes (45mins)

Media 
Go to Heroes video (8:03): Hector and his friends are rewarded for their courage and quick thinking. Kui guides Hector in the right direction and helps him to learn from his mistake.

Activities
Lower primary
: Watch the video as a class and use the discussion points in the lesson plan. Students take the ‘An important thing for me to remember’ worksheet home as a reminder to always ask an adult before doing anything online and to get help from a trusted adult if anything worries them online.

Middle primary: Watch the video as a class and use the discussion points in the lesson plan. Students complete ‘Hector’s Helpline’ worksheet individually or in small groups to help a character decide whether to give out personal details to enter an online competition.

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Computer security

Key issues

Online security, online safety, passwords.

Key outcomes

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

  • understand that passwords can help protect computer files and information 
  • understand that a computer virus can harm a computer, but users, parents and caregivers can take steps to prevent this. 

 

Lesson 6: Oops (45mins)

Media
Oops video (8:03): Passwords, pop-ups and viruses. Sprat and his friends learn to keep their computer safe.

Keep yourself switched on video (3:00): Check out Antipode’s latest music video.

Activities
Lower primary
: Show students the ‘pop-up’ picture. Watch the video as a class stopping at the pause points to use the discussion points from the lesson plan. Students work on activities in small groups, then each student completes the ‘Make a strong password’ worksheet. 

Middle primary: Show students the ‘pop-up’ picture. Watch the video as a class stopping at the pause points. Use the discussion points from the lesson plan and ask students to answer questions individually and in pairs. Students work on activities in groups, complete a worksheet in pairs, and then each student completes the ‘Make a strong password’ worksheet. 

There are also three extension activities that can be modified to suit individual levels and age groups.

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Cyberbullying

Key issues   

Cyberbullying, online safety, respect, social action.

Key outcomes 

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

  • identify bullying behaviour and understand that some behaviours can hurt others 
  • recognise that cyberbullying is an inappropriate online behaviour 
  • identify strategies to deal with cyberbullying that students can use as required 
  • be encouraged to take social action including supporting peers who are being cyberbullied

 

Lesson 7: You’re not alone, (45mins)

Media 
You’re not alone video (7:39): Hector and his friends celebrate being good digital citizens and help their good friend Ming to deal with a cyberbully.

Turn it around video (2:40): Rock out with Hector and his friends.

Activities

Lower primary: Use the character flash cards to talk about the qualities of each character. Watch the video as a class stopping at the pause points to use the discussion points from the lesson plan. Create a ‘Friends help friends’ chart as a class. Students draw a self portrait with three positive words about themselves. 

Middle primary: Briefly introduce the term ‘cyberbullying’ to the class. Watch the video as a class stopping at the pause points to use the discussion points from the lesson plan. In small groups students write down three words to describe how characters are feeling in the scene cards and complete a worksheet individually.

There are also three extension activities that can be modified to suit individual levels and age groups.

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