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How People Safely Use Common Information Systems

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Australian Curriculum

Focus: Foundation to Year 2 / Digital Technologies Processes and Production Skills / ACTDIP005

Content Description

Explore how people safely use common information systems to meet information, communication and recreation needs


Recognising and discussing the need for cyber-safety when using online information systems, for example recognising that shared personal information can be used for undesirable purposes and that using a password is a means of protecting identity.”

Complementary: “Foundation to Year 2 / Digital Technologies Knowledge and Understanding / ACTDIK001

Content Description

Recognise and explore digital systems (hardware and software components) for a purpose


Playing with and using different digital systems for transferring and capturing data, for example using a tablet to take a photograph of a grandparent and recording an interview with them about life in the past.”

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Capability

Level 2: Applying social and ethical protocols and practices when using ICT

Apply Personal Security Protocols

  • follow class guidelines when sharing personal information and apply basic social protocols when using ICT to communicate with known audiences

Key Curriculum Ideas

  • Cyber safety and privacy
  • Play with digital systems
  • Capture data using digital systems



Why is it important to teach this content?

The Melbourne Declaration on Education Goals for Young Australians in 2008 emphasised the crucial place that ICT literacy had in the classroom.  “Rapid and continuing advances in information and communication technologies (ICT) are changing the ways people share, use, develop and process information and technology. In this digital age, young people need to be highly skilled in the use of ICT. While schools already employ these technologies in learning, there is a need to increase their effectiveness significantly over the next decade” (Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs [MCEETYA], 2008).

With the developments in technology, new jobs will be created.  As a result, it is recommended that students are prepared for the unforeseen future and the jobs which will arise.It is hoped by teaching to this curriculum, students will become fluent in using technology.  This is important, as technology continues to develop rapidly.  Students should learn to use the internet safely and responsibly.  Practising internet safety is an important skill to have while at school/work, but also recreationally to protect privacy.


eSafety (Australian Government)

This website provides a plethora of resources for teachers, students and parents.  A fantastic Australian website which includes information, videos and games appropriate for younger primary students.

Games & Quizzes

These activities are recommended for children 6+.  However, depending on ability and skill level, it would most likely be more appropriate to work through these as a class.

“Issues addressed:

  • cyberbullying
  • online security
  • sharing passwords
  • free downloads
  • online friends”

Hector’s World

Recommended for children aged 5-7 years.  New Zealand made, animated episodes which are supported by lesson plans and activity sheets.  There are three modules:

Example of Episode:

Zippep’s Astro Circus

Recommended for prep-grade two students.  Combines lesson plans and games to “encourage students to act safely and responsibly when using digital technologies.”  Students learn to T.H.I.N.K:

T ell your Mum or Dad if you see something online that upsets you.

H ide your password.

I nteresting websites can be fun.

N ame calling or being mean is not cool and could be cyberbullying.

K eep your special personal information safe.


cyber rules


Other Information For Teachers

Websites & Blogs

School Technology Myth #3: Putting Student’s Work Online Is Too Dangerous

“Teach your students to verify everything. Teach them that people lie online all the time.”

10 Internet Safety Tips for Students

“Key messages around internet safety that I believe all students should be aware of.”

A Directory of Lesson Plan Web Sites for Computer and Internet Use Instruction

A large list of technology resources (lesson plans, search engines, web quests, websites etc.).

Sample Lesson Plan

How to Teach Internet Safety to Younger Elementary Students

This lesson introduces young primary students to internet safety.


Other Resources to Use with Students


Students learn not to talk to strangers or give out personal information online.  Children are encouraged to seek adult permission and assistance when accessing the internet.


bCyberwise Monster Family

Designed by Life Education Australia and aligned with the Australian Curriculum, this app would be a great resource for more advanced students.