Welcome back to a new school year! We hope you’ve had a relaxing holiday, with some time to truly switch off. While you may have taken a break from technology during the last several weeks, many teachers will be using digital resources in the classroom this year, including our new learnON eBook.  That’s why we thought you’d be interested in Safer Internet Day on Tuesday 7 February. This global event is organised by Insafe, the European network for internet safety, and supported in Australia by the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner. It’s also a great opportunity for teachers to reinforce the importance of being safe and responsible users of technology.

For teachers who want to participate, the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner website offers resources and ideas that teachers can choose from, depending on available classroom time and personal preferences. Here are a few options:

  • Download the material – Schools and teachers can download and print a DYI esafety checklist and/or promotional poster.
  • Attend a virtual classroom – Teachers can register their class to attend a webinar run by eSafety Outreach trainers. Presentations are 30-40 minutes long and help students learn about keeping digital reputations intact. Complementary resources provide additional opportunities for student engagement.
  • Run a classroom activity – For teachers who want to take it one step further, the website suggests two questions to use as the basis of a classroom activity: What students like best and least about the internet? What can students do to make a “better” internet? Students can answer these questions in a variety of ways, including class discussion, creative writing piece, art or research project (e.g. poster or video) or even a public speaking exercise (in teams or individually).

Safer Internet Day is also a great time for educational professionals for brush up on their own knowledge and skills. That’s why webinars are also available for teacher professional development. Topics include:

  • Building Digital Intelligence
  • Teachers, technology and the law
  • Navigating the eSafety website

That wraps up our first blog post of the new school year! It’s no secret that we’re passionate about digital learning at Jacaranda so watch for more on the topic of safe internet practices in the coming weeks. As always, if there are other topics you’re interested in, let us know in the comments below.