Online disrespect and the spread of misinformation reveals how suspectable we are in a digital age.

SENIOR BYTE  False (or partially false) information spread in times of an emergency can: Hinder your ability to find factual information you need to know how to keep yourself safe; Place people’s physical and financial safety at risk; Divert the time agencies, involved in keeping us all safe, spend on the CORE issues; Delay help getting to those that need […]

Respecting each other’s privacy and help available online

SENIOR BYTE First appeared in Anglican Cyber Tuesdays 14/05/2019. We have heard about the privacy risks online before: Online abuse (cyberbullying); Image-based abuse; Over sharing; Not protecting your personal information; and Treating online friends as real friends. We have also heard of the real-world repercussions before: Long term trust and reputational damage (for years); Unwanted contact; and Financial damage or missing […]

eSafety Online Safety Sessions

Please feel free to share these links with your school community. FAMILY  CHILDREN  EDUCATORS AND TEACHER PD These online sessions are run by the eSafety Commissioner’s Office and are open for all of Australia. These are Free (at no cost) Time 30 minutes to 1 hour Spaces are limited Please register as early as possible eSafety is starting a no […]

Digital Check-Up!

SENIOR BYTE: First appeared in Anglican Cyber Tuesdays 05/12/2019.  OK summer and school holidays are finally here. What will your digital reputation look like next year? Your digital reputation is the sum of all your interactions online. Your posts, your comments, your uploads and photos. All of them. This means as much as social media is regular part of your life […]

Stop cyberbullying and be awesome instead

SENIOR BYTE: First appeared in Anglican Cyber Tuesdays 02/02/2020. Cyberbullying is just the same as bullying, it just occurs online.  Gossiping, telling lies and spreading rumours online is cyberbullying. Creating catfishing accounts is not pranking its cyberbullying. Once you post something online others may look at it very differently. You need to rethink that joke or that post. Deleting or […]

Can you spot fake information online?

PRIMARY BYTE: First appeared Cyber Tuesdays 02/02/2020. Things online can trick us into believing they are real but they are fake. Some news and business websites look real but they are spreading false information. Some are even trying to steal your money and personal details. Apps might try to do this as well. If someone knows all your personal information […]

Be present and mindful

SENIOR BYTE: First appeared in Anglican Cyber Tuesdays 25/02/2020.  To be in the present, to be mindful and to be connected doesn’t mean turn on all your social media notifications.  We all hear the pundits talking about issues with social media and smart devices. The eSafety Commissioner has reported that young people have 5 different social media services. Understand social […]

Safer Internet Day 2020

Talk, Show and Send. This year Safer Internet Day will be celebrated on Tuesday, 11 February 2020. The theme is ‘Together for a better internet’ and Australia’s eSafety Commissioner is encouraging parents to mark the day by starting family conversations about online safety. You can download our Safer Internet Day resources at esafety.gov.au/sid and use them to start the chat […]

eSafety Commissioner’s YES Project

The YeS Project Launch is now Live! The Office of the eSafety Commissioner has launched a new digital and social health program—The YeS Project—designed to encourage young people to act as positive influencers and supportive friends in all of their social spaces, especially online. In its unique format, educators can choose from up to 12 standalone workshops to design a program which best […]

Being a bystander

EVERYONE CAN HELP STOP BULLYING Everyone can make a difference and help stop bullying. Reachout.com reports that the bystander effect can defuse bullying, sometimes stopping the bullying within minutes! To be a helpful bystander Don’t provide supportive an audience to the bullying behaviour.  Distract the person from bullying others. Don’t place yourself at risk just change the conversation focus to […]