Friday, 21 August 2015

eSmart Training

eSmart ( Michelle Webster presenter)
Geelong (Surfside PS)

Cyber safety and the role of schools

eSmart schools are expected to embrace the benefits of technology, reduce exposure to online risks and develop a whole school approach to cyber safety.( 87% of Victorian schools are involved in eSmart)
Definitions of bullying and cyber bullying (when a student or a group of students with more power repeatedly and deliberately use negative words or actions against another student to cause distress and create a risk to their wellbeing.)were discussed.( define bullying across the school) Encourage bystanders to step in and be a positive influence in bullying situations. (Being an 'upstander' rather than a bystander) Everyone has a role to play.
Cyberbullying not an epidemic. It is a form of bullying on a digital platform and can be more severe. ( It can be 24/7 and children can be exposed beyond school. Behaviour can be repeated online indefinitely and I t can be a world wide problem.)
Children are risk takers but it is important to support them if things go wrong.
Discussion about changing technology.
Teenagers online data was presented to us:
9/10 have Internet access at home.
89% have mobile phones and most are smart phones
Schools providing devises and requiring BYOD
Most children access the Internet on PCs ( only 23% use iPads) Some children have 4-5 devises they can access between home and school.
Google most visited following by Youtube and Facebook. they prefer entertainment and communicating. They also do a lot of research. Girls utilise social networks more than boys and they suffer cyberbullying.
Jump in access to wireless hotspots.( Library, NAB, Telstra,McDonalds etc) Now children have access to no filtering on public wifi.
Lots of apps downloaded via tablets.
No lock downs for technology but educating children how to behave.
Facebook is safe, the biggest platform but teenager use is declining.( because of parents joining) Women over 40 the biggest users.Instagram and Snapchat more instantaneous for kids and they prefer it.
No platform for all social media is open to children below 13! We have a role to tell them that children should not be on those platforms. That fulfils our duty of care.( Some principals in Ballarat have 'informed' on some students under 13 to Facebook)
Young people will be in the online world and we need to help them work and live within it.
'Deactivating children's accounts' can be found on their websites and on YouTube.
Child exploitation on platforms if we know about it requires us to use our mandatory reporting responsibilities.
We discussed planning and implementing eSmart and will create a gap analysis of what we are currently doing.
We are currently an eSmart school but will need to update our resources and documentation to ensure eSmart is sustainable.( priority area for 2016?)

The E Smart domains
During this sessions we looked at the eSmart domains.
We discussed these at length and I used their checklist to tick off what we are doing at our school.
Parent buy-in probably at School Council ( make it an agenda item at some School Council meetings as required)
Discuss the appropriateness of using mobile phones at school.
Online incidents often go unreported. Children need to be encouraged to report cyberbullying.( refer eSmart resources for effective reporting spreadsheets) 
Ensure eSmart is part of the student induction process
Check for eSmart consistency across school policies.( Refer
Ensure that acceptable use agreements are age appropriate ( re-visit this for 2016) Focus on protecting the user.(Consider writing 'acceptable use' form with student input)
Closer links between our school values eSmart.(Compare cyber safety aims with school aims)
Refer 'I am a digital citizen' poster on Pinterest.

Teacher PD:
ePotential Survey or eSmart surveys need to be considered.( 'Tekky Brekky' approach)
Bully- Stoppers website has interactive Learning Modules that are worth doing.(Also Connect Ed on the eSafety website)
Explicitly teach resilience regarding cyber safety. 
Sharing ideas across the Network ( Discussion for 2016)
Consider the 'digital licence' on eSmart which is an online 'pen licence' for grade 6 in 2016 (Could also be staff PD which I could use.)
Consider participating in eSmart week in September 2016.
Telegammi app is a good app to use for kids to share their knowledge on cyber safety.
Continue with newsletter eSafety articles to inform parents. ( Discourage school Facebook accounts) SchoolBag app worth looking at. Consider SFYS/ Telstra visit. Consider links with the outside community ( Such as organisations the kids and parents are involved in )
eSafety website has great education resources for newsletters.

System tools and planning
We ran through the workings of the eSmart website.
We looked at the Resources section in the Support portal.
the system tool is unique to each school and it graphs school's progression.
We used the gap analysis tool in resources to determine what our schools need to do to be eSmart compliant.

At the end of the session we explored our own school's journey and discussed our future plans and goals.

The kitchen garden at the school we did our PD at. ( Surfside PS)

The beach this morning before the PD

Geelong foreshore.

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