On Tuesday the 11th of May students at St John’s participated in cyber safety workshops led by Martin McGauran of Inform and Empower. The sessions were held in year levels so that Martin could talk to the students about the most important issues for their age and development.
Our prep - 2 students participated in a 45 minute session with Martin called ‘Ollie Online’ and the 3-6 students were involved in a 90 minute workshop called ‘Thrive Online’.
The student sessions were a huge success! A main focus through all was how students can learn to be alert, brave, smart, kind and strong in an online environment.
Below are some reflections from St John’s students on their key learnings and takeaways from the day.
“Don’t talk to strangers online and tell them your important stuff like your school, name, where you live or passwords”.
“I learnt to ask an adult if you are not sure about something that happens when you are using technology. You could ask a parent, older brother or sister, grandma or grandpa or a teacher at school” Sienna, Year 1.
“We learnt about not spending too much time on electronics because it hurts your eyes and makes it hard for you to sleep”
Alfie - Year 2.
“I enjoyed learning about real scenarios such as what could happen if you share your password. In this example someone shared their password with a friend then that person logged in as them and sent a message pretending to be them”.
Madison, Year 4.
“We learnt about how people can tell you things about themselves online but unless you have met them in person then you don’t know if they’re telling the truth”.
Gabi - Year 4
“I learnt about ‘Terms of service’, which are the rules or what you agree to when you sign up for an app or social media account. It is important to read them because sometimes you are giving up your rights and they can share your information or make money off you”.
Dani - Year 5
“We learnt about how to not completely ban technology but ways we can be smart and make good decisions when online” Zara & Abbey - Year 6