Thursday, 05 November 2015
If a Life Education Educator and our mascot Healthy Harold came to visit your child’s school today they may have participated in the ‘bCyberwise’ session.
What is ‘bCyberwise’ and how can you create conversations with your children about cybersafety?
‘bCyberwise’ focuses on the importance of being safe, respectful and considered online. Developed by Life Education with the support of Intel Security, this session helps your child understand why being a responsible digital citizen is vital for their own safety and of that of their friends and family.
How old does my child have to be to participate in ‘bCyberwise’?
‘bCyberwise’ has been developed for children ages 8 to 10 years old (middle primary).
What did they learn?
Children today really are digital natives, so it is more crucial than ever that they understand the importance of being safe and respectful whilst learning and having fun online. ‘bCyberwise’ is about cybersafety, cyber security and cyber ethics. This module helps children to develop their knowledge and skills around these three areas. The children learn about:
- How to be responsible and respectful when using online technology
- The importance of keeping personal information safe and not telling other people private passwords or arranging to meet with strangers
- Strategies to use if exposed to inappropriate content online; for example deleting and blocking unwanted messages or talking to an adult
- What to do if they or their friends experience cyberbullying or are being cyberbullied themselves.
What you can do at home
We recognise that parents and carers have a pivotal role in supporting children to make safe and healthy choices. If your child did receive the ‘bCyberwise’ session, we are sure they will be excited to tell you all about it. But whether they participated or not, we have suggested some ways as a family that you can help your children practice decision making in the home.
Download our App
Life Education, in partnership with Intel Security, have created a fun, and interactive app, ‘bCyberwise Monster Family’. Join the Nubbins’ and explore their vast monster castle as they learn how to use the internet safely, protect personal information, recognise a safe website and be positive and respectful online.
Check out the Tech Tips
When it comes to your family’s online safety it is best, as parents, to know all the facts. With technology becoming a bigger part of everyday life it is essential that family’s work together to make sure everyone practices safe and respectful online behaviour. Check out our Tech Tips for facts, strategies and conversation starters to help ensure your family stays cybersafe.
Then test your family’s knowledge with the ‘Chatterbox Cybersafety Tips’:
Print out and fold up the chatterbox to create a fun online safety game. Play against your kids or ask them to test each other, discovering and discussing a new safety tip with each go.
Family Technology Rules
Get creative as a family and design a set of house technology rules (glitter and glue encouraged!) and stick them up near the computer or next to the fridge to remind everyone to be cyber safe and cyber wise. Some rules could include:
- No phones whilst eating dinner
- Always use strong passwords
- Don’t give out personal information over the internet
- Only add people you have actually met on social media
- Always talk to an adult if you feel unsure or unsafe
Have a chat: Speak to your child about what they learnt during the ‘bCyberwise’ session; here are some ideas to start the conversation:
- What do you understand by cybersafety?
- Suggest to your child that they help you to come up with a safe password for your home WiFi or family computers.
Download our printable 'bCyberwise factsheet and pop it up on your fridge!
Find out more about what your tweens and teens are getting up to online with Intel Security’s Teens, Tweens and Technology research.