Students tune in to cybersafety

Thursday, 17 September, 2020

Students tune in to cybersafety

Child Protection Week 2020 threw a spotlight on eSafety, with more than 3500 students tuning into a webinar conducted by the Office of the eSafety Commissioner, according to report from the ACT Government Education Directorate.

The webinar covered general online safety along with specific information on issues arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Working and learning from home has led to a 56% increase in internet use, which has also led to an increase in scams and inappropriate online behaviours. The Directorate said a large number of the students attending the webinar reported being approached by a stranger online to either connect or share images.

The webinar prompted students to ask themselves three questions regarding an approach to connect:

  • Who are they?
  • How do they know you?
  • Why do they want to be friends?

Students were also reminded of warning signs that a request to connect is unsafe:

  • Information provided not fitting their profile.
  • Asking to meet up.
  • Comments that suggest the person is spying.

Further information about eSafety is available through the Office of the eSafety Commissioner’s website, including a school-specific Toolkit, designed to support schools to create safer online environments.

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