Whose job is it to teach children about cyber-safety, online behaviour or digital citizenship?
Parents seem to be waiting for schools to take the lead, whilst this is another area schools believe that parents have dropped the ball, and unfairly they’ll say, need to find time and resources to fit this into an already jam-packed curriculum.
The fact is there is a vast array of resources out there, from Generation Next seminar regular Susan McLean’s brand new book, Sexts, Texts and Selfies to a new partnership between Disney and the Australian Federal Police to help teach online safety to primary school kids.
I’d also highly recommend the ACMA series of resources that aim to empower, kids, parents and teachers. The fact that ACMA’s workshops are booked out well in advance highlights the need for this in the community.
I think it could be time for adults to stop playing footy with this stuff and band together as communities. Sure the school can be a hub, but parents and teachers need up-skilling, as much as the students need guidance, and by working together I believe we’ll have a better chance of reaching kids who need help.
Incidentally, I think you’ll find this blog post by danah boyd interesting. Yes – she spells her name all lower case – she’s also one of the world’s most highly regarded experts regarding youth, behaviour and online stuff.
She argues that the image you have of the online predator might not match that of the real online predator.
Go on have a read, and then have a chat at school.
Author: Dan Haesler is a teacher, consultant and speaker at the Mental Health & Wellbeing of Young People seminars. His website is: http://danhaesler.com/ and he tweets at @danhaesler