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  Caring for Kids in an online world: Understanding Cyberbullying and Cybersafety

Addressing the issue of Cybersafety & young people for Principals, teachers and other professionals who work with youth.

With the explosion of cyber technology, we are also seeing a dramatic rise in its' misuse. The issues of cyber bullying, 'sexting' and gaming addiction are emerging as the number one issue confronting the safety and wellbeing of young people and the wider community. Cyberbullying or technology misuse is often the number one, non academic issue that schools have to deal with on a daily basis.

Today's youth have access to and are accessible by many millions of people worldwide. Teens are often not aware that their words and or photos, which may have been intended for a small audience, sometimes find their way to a larger one, often with both the unexpected and undesirable consequences. Misuses of technology primarily conducted out of schools hours, is now becoming a time consuming and confronting issue for Principals and teachers. Educators are often not trained nor adequately informed about the issues surrounding the misuse of technology and are frequently at a loss to quickly resolve an issue presenting in their school community.

This professional development session for educators/youth workers will cover:-Popular sites for youth What are they?

Social networking sites such as Facebook & Twitter, Tumblr, Formspring, Instagram etc, Virtual chat rooms & online games, World of Warcraft etc. Apps such as Poke and SnapChat.

What do kids do online? Where do they go? The difference between an ‘online friend’ and a ‘stranger. Technology from a teens point of view. Access to content. Age restricted sites.

Misuse of technology
Cyberbullying, ‘sexting’ or sending a ‘sexy text’ Gossip sites etc and the legal consequences. Internet addiction.

Legal considerations
Relevant Legislation. What crimes may have been committed? When and how to involve local Police.  A schools legal and moral responsibility.

Risks, dangers and safety tips
How to assist the children in your care to stay safe online.

Where next for your school?
Considerations and policy development - What to include, your 'Duty of Care'.
 Online safety for teachers and staff (how to protect your privacy)
 Professional Conduct – should staff maintain public social networking sites?
Social interactions with students online


This PD session is 100 minutes in length. PD can also be 1/2 day or full day.


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