What is the Committee going to do? This group will work together to devise, and run, activities and events that will promote safe, respectful and responsible use online with our school community. The students will be mentored by Scott Maccrum (Head of ICT) at the school. Initially, the group will explore the Cybersafety resources that Scott finds for them(accept/reject according to whether their peers would be engaged by them) and, simultaneously, they will look for their own resources that they think are fit for their Grade of students to learn from. Students will meet regularly and formulate ideas on how to educate our students in the area of cybersafety. Students will present their cybersafety ideas/tips/suggestions/findings to the school in a range of ways: whole school assembly, Grade assembly, posters around school walls, an event later in the year to raise awareness, guest speakers into the school, bystander apathy education, a whole school “Brave” acronym activity (where all Home Groups write their own BRAVE acronym relating to being eSmart and then the whole school looks at the results together in an assembly; showing the "Our School is BRAVE" idea)Please Note: this "BRAVE" acronym whole school activity could be achieve with another emotive word if desired instead). And, judging by early meetings, this Committee may very well come up with more ideas as we get going!! The Committee aims to develop Cybersafety lesson plans for their respective Grade teachers to use in their classrooms across all 4 Grades and they want to create a major film starring our committee members that will highlight cybersafety and safe practice. In effect, the students will aim to support the teachers with Cybersafety lesson ideas. This is a very innovative idea/concept. This concept/idea emphasises the important of giving our Taroona High students a ‘voice’ in how cybersafety is taught/delivered to their peers. There is little interference from the staff (except for mentoring by staff around sensitivity of activities and resources) and parents and our students are placed in the position whereby they can make the decisions. For any cybersafety program to be successful in a school setting, there needs to be input and support from staff, parents and students. This idea/concept is just one element of our school’s Cybersafety plan; the ‘student’ element. We believe it will work at our school. We will keep you posted. Has any other schools implemented a similar approach in their school that we might be able to share ideas with and support each other?
Thanks all Scott MacCrum