Education

Cyber savvy

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September 08, 2017

Year 3 student Taitum Woods, Year 2 student Jayda Golding and Prep student Piper Lindsay have fun being cyber safe on their tablet devices.

The online world is becoming more important in the modern classroom and with that comes the challenge of cyber safety for students — something that has been recognised at Shepparton East Primary School.

Staff and students have been building a more cyber safe community since 2013 when they became an accredited eSmart school. This week, they have been doing activities to mark the Alannah and Madeline Foundation’s National eSmart Week.

Shepparton East principal Trent McCrae is proud of the smart and responsible way his school’s students and staff use technology within the classroom.

‘‘The teaching of safe online practices is of paramount importance and we strive to ensure we equip our students with the skills to manage their use of technology, but also how to seek help if they don’t feel safe,’’ he said.

‘‘We have a big focus on stopping cyber bullying and educate students to stop and think before they type something online, we ask them, ‘Would you say those words in person?’

‘‘The online world and real world are linked; we also teach the importance of keeping your passwords private.’’

Mr McCrae said they had to follow specific guidelines to be an eSmart school and the staff at Shepparton East have had professional development in cyber safety education.

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