Tips on how to stay safe online during the COVID-19 pandemic

eSafety Early Years professional learning

eSafety has teamed up with Early Childhood Australia to create a series of online professional learning modules especially for early childhood educators.

Three modules for educators and one for service leaders provide comprehensive, competency-based learning in the ever evolving area of online safety. Modules are self-paced and interactive, ensuring the learner is well equipped to provide a safe online environment and support children and families in their digital technology experiences.

Keeping the child at the centre of all learning and focusing on their capabilities with digital technologies, the modules examine and explain online safety concepts through a child’s experience in digital contexts.

All modules feature advice and information from researchers and experts in the field of technology in the early years, as well as practical examples from early learning services.

The modules

Three educator modules focus on different types of digital contexts, identify the risks associated with them and address how these risks can be mitigated.

We SAY and SHARE with technology examines the benefits and risks associated with using technologies as a communication tool.

We MAKE and DO using technology explores the uses and risks of technology as a tool for creation.

We WATCH and EXPLORE on technology explains the benefits and risks associated with using technologies to find out information or for entertainment.

Practical advice for building good habits, self-regulation skills and critical thinking around children’s technology use is explained through each module in four key messages:

  • Be safe
  • Be kind
  • Ask for help
  • Make good choices

A fourth module, for Directors and Managers, is focused on policies and processes designed to ensure a safe online environment in early learning services. Created in consultation with ACECEQA, the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority, this module aligns with the National Quality Standard and Early Years Learning Framework.

You can access all four modules, free of charge, through Early Childhood Australia’s Learning Hub.

More skills and resources

The eSafety Early Years program is designed to help early childhood educators, parents and carers improve online safety for our youngest Australians.

Explore the eSafety Early Years resources for educators, for more guidance and teaching ideas.

You can also read and use the tips and resources developed for families of children under 5.