1330.0 - Education News, May 2014  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 14/05/2014   
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Resources for Teachers: Cyber Smart

Cyber Smart website logoAustralian Government and ACMA logos

With the use of technology increasing in the classroom every year, it has never been so important for teachers to be aware of cyber safety and how to manage risk in the classroom.

The Australian Government website Cyber Smart is a great tool for teachers, parents and students. The website has been developed to communicate information in an engaging way, with sections of the website designed to appeal to different demographics - young kids, kids, teens, parents, and schools.

Is your classroom cyber smart? The website takes the guess work away for teachers, providing articles exploring some key themes of smart technology use. Themes explored include health and well-being, collaboration and communication, organisation and planning, and entertainment and enjoyment.

How can I bring this information into the classroom? In the 'Schools' section, teachers will discover a library of practical information and resources, including lesson plans for all stages of schooling, from lower primary to upper secondary.

Teachers will also find articles emphasising being safe on the Internet whilst still having fun, as well as advice on how to manage risk. There are also resources for teaches concerned about cyber issues, including excessive Internet use, identity theft, digital reputation and social networking.

Is there further support there if I need it? If you come across anything that causes concern, and you need some advice, there are links to organisations such as the Kids Help Line, ACMA and the Australian Federal Police on the website.