Teaching notes

This resource is designed to support primary schools to implement the Digital Citizenship program.

Cybersafety is a cross-curricular resource that is underpinned by the following domain and syllabus links:

Digital conduct

  • The concepts of ethical, responsible and respectful online use.

  • Positive online conduct and codes of practice.

  • Responsibilities and rights in an online world.

Citizenship domains (.pdf 63kB)

NSW PD/H/PE K-6 Syllabus at Stage 2

  • COS2.1: Uses a variety of ways to communicate with and within groups.

  • DMS2.2: Makes decisions as an individual and as a group member.

This resource also supports learning in the KLAs of English, HSIE and Creative Arts.

Board of Studies NSW Website

In Activity 1, students are starting to investigate how important it is to act responsibly online.

Students find out what Syba the mouse says about how a responsible digital citizen would act online.

Students view the cyberbullying video on Behind the News.

Then they use the SMART (.notebook 78kB) activity to demonstrate their understanding of how a cyberbully and a responsible digital citizen act online.

For further information about being cybersmart visit the Cybersmart website.

In Activity 2, students join Hector and his friends in Silicon Deep. The Hector’s World video You’re Not Alone shows an example of cyberbullying. There are two pause points during the movie that you could use for discussion.

After viewing the video students brainstorm answers about how they would feel if they were Ming and ways to feel safe at school and online using the SMART (.notebook 170kB) activity.

The final part of activity two is the Infinite Learning Lab. This website allows students to discover more about cyberbullying and feeling safe online. They will need to click on the Watch, Try and Apply buttons at the bottom of the screen to solve Professor Garfield’s cyberbullying problem.

In Activity 3, students are asked to think about the different technology that people use to communicate. Using Wordle students make a mind map of their ideas. The instructions on how to use Wordle to make a mind map are listed below.

How to use Wordle.

Click on the Wordle link and then click create your own.

Type the ideas into the box that has the heading paste text here. Make sure you leave a space between your words.

Click on the go button to make a mind map.

If you would like to change what your mind map looks like you can click on the font, layout and colour headings.

To make a new mind map click on create.

Students click on the link to read what Syba the mouse says about different types of technology (.pdf 139kB) that people use to communicate.

Students then use the SMART (.notebook 273kB) vortex to see if they can recognise different technology that could be used in cyberbullying.

In Activity 4, students are asked to take action to inform others about how to stay safe online. Students create a presentation using PowerPoint or Word. They could include a combination of pictures, words, animation and sound.

They are provided with the link to the Cybersmart website to teach other people about cybersafety.