Safer Internet Day

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CORE Education is excited to be recognising Safer Internet Day 2019.

Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally each year on 5 February and promotes the safe and positive use of digital technology.  Coordinated in New Zealand by Netsafe, Safer Internet Day is an opportunity for everyone to learn about  ways they can keep themselves safe online.    

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The day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community. It calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers, and others to join together in helping to create a better internet. Ultimately, it is up to all of us.

CORE Education offers the following advice as starting points for early childhood, schools and kura who are planning ways to keep learners safe online. Share what you do with us - tag #SID2019 #SaferInternetDay @COREEducation on Twitter.

CORE Education's Top 5 Tips for a Safer Internet

Tip #1: Create a positive culture

Rather than restricting access to the web or using fear-based messages, the best way to manage challenges online is to work them out together.

Effective prevention strategies emphasise approaches that actively involve discussing with students how they use digital technology, and more specifically, the challenges they experience online and how they keep safe. Teachers, students, peers, parents, family and whānau - we all have a role in this process. There are no quick fixes.

  • Talk to learners, children and colleagues about online activity, cybersafety behaviours.
  • Lose the fear-based messages. Plan an approach that balances protective approaches, such as technical mediation of student online access, with strategies that promote safe, responsible and pro-social behaviours.
  • Provide support when learners meet challenges.

Tip #2: Design safety into learning

Design experiences and learning opportunities that invite learners to pick up new skills safely and in meaningful contexts. Weave safety messages into the learning process. Deliberately make it part of learning.

  • Look for meaningful opportunities to connect with other people across the world. Other young people, whānau and wider communities can all be guides.
  • Use social networks to foster conversations about issues that are relevant to students.
  • Weave web tools through local inquiry – take action in our community

Tip #3: Use the right tools

Use the tools that come with all devices and platforms to restrict, filter and monitor information and identity online as part of an overall strategy to manage safe use.

  • Make sure we know how to manage our devices and the security systems that are in-built.
  • Set up secure passwords and consider using software like LastPass to manage them.
  • Explore the use of SafeSearch and student-friendly browsers.

Tip #4: Give respect, get respect

The internet can be a powerful tool for connecting and working with others, both locally and globally.

  • Find ways to collaborate and learn to work positively with others online.
  • Teach our learners to manage their online reputations.
  • Design learning that creates safe, meaningful opportunities to grow ideas responsibly with others online.

Tip #5: Walk the talk as a community

Safe and responsible use of the internet is normalised through the way we all behave together.

  • Model critical thinking when using the internet.
  • Find real-life, positive ways to model the use of the web as part of our own learning. Guide others.