Sunday, 01 Jun 2014

Saint Stephen’s College Students Learn About Digital Safety

Students from Saint Stephen’s College on the Gold Coast are learning to become safe and respectful digital citizens, thanks to Life Education and McAfee. 

Life Education will visit Year 4 students at Saint Stephen’s College to run through the Life Education bCyberwise and It’s Your Call online safety modules. The modules are designed to equip students with the knowledge required to use the internet and social media safely.

Life Education has a long-term partnership with McAfee who take an active role in providing cyber education to Australian children and young people.

The Life Education mobile classroom and educator, accompanied by McAfee’s Chief Technology Officer, Sean Duca, are visiting Saint Stephens to teach students about staying safe online. Life Education’s much loved mascot Healthy Harold was there too!

“Its important to start cyber education at a young age. I feel incredibly proud that we have such a broad reach through the Life Education program that is seeing a true impact and influence on the digital lives of young kids, says Sean Duca, Chief Technology Officer, McAfee, part of Intel Security.

“In our increasingly digitally connected world, online communication poses both benefits and risks for children and there is a real need for education on what is ok to share, not to share, who is safe to talk to and what is respectful behaviour to others online,” he says.

Saint Stephen’s College is at the forefront of developments in cyber safety education and bCyberwise helps the school boost an already proactive cyber awareness education program.

Life Education Queensland CEO Michael Fawsitt said, “The bCyberwise program helps develop core life skills such as building positive and respectful relationships online, communicating effectively and making decisions in social situations. These are all fundamental to the promotion of cyber safety and we look forward to witnessing the benefits for the children first hand.”

bCyberwise is an extension of the current Life Education program which reaches over 620,000 primary school children across Australia. bCyberwise has been designed in partnership with McAfee using their expertise in security to create relevant content on the real risks students face today in the online world.

The new bCyberwise module was taught using engaging presentations, videos, discussion, problem solving and role play and will provide an opportunity for young students to learn and practice core life skills in three categories: cyber safety, cyber security and cyber ethics (responsible online behaviour).

If you’d like Life Education to visit your school, you can contact us here.