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Prep to 3 – CyberTraining introduces our young ones to general safety when using computers


1. Posture
2. Where to use your computer in your house
3. Password Security
4. Stranger Danger
5. Who can help?

Questioning_and_Posing_Problems Habit of Mind Focus #14: Questioning and Posing Problems

When completing these activities and thinking about the concepts, students should have a questioning attitude.  What will happen if I click this link?  Who is this person have wants to be my friend?  How safe is my password?


It is important for computer users to be sitting correctly at the computer.  This image shows how you should be sitting when you use a computer at home.

Teacher Directed Discuss each key point highlighted below.

Of course, there are several different ways you can use a computer.  This video will give you some ideas about the safest ways to use computers.

Teacher Directed As the movie plays, stop to discuss each potential injury and how the alterations can make computer use safer.

Parental Advice Safe computer use, ergonomics and posture.


Where to use your computer in your house

Your computer should be located in a common area (lounge room, office, living area, dining room) and NOT in your room.  Your parents need to be able to see what you are doing on the computer so that they can help you if you need some advice or support.

Teacher Directed  What are some of the situations in which you might need your parents’ help?

Parental AdviceDO NOT let your children have a computer in their bedroom.  Good advice is to put your computers in  a common space with the screen facing out, and learn the quick shortcuts to internet browsing history and swapping open screens. 

For example:

Alt + Tab = toggle through open window
Windows Button + Tab = same as above, but a cooler way to do it for Windows 7 users
Ctrl + H = open internet browsing history

Password Security

Your password needs to be safe and sound.  You can’t share your password with anyone but mum or dad.  Don’t tell your friends and don’t tell your brothers or sisters.

Teacher Directed  Why shouldn’t you tell anyone your password?

Your password needs to be easy for you to remember but not easy to guess.  You may need to write it down and store it somewhere safe so you don’t forget.  Your teacher can store your password for you in case you do forget.

As you get older, you will need to have a password that is more complicated.  Click here to look at some great password tips.

Teacher Directed  Discuss the first 5 password tips.  Then, talk about your class password policy and why it is safe for your students.

Password Rap

Click on the icon to watch the password rap.

Teacher Directed  At the 50 second mark, there is some good advice about what NOT to put in your password.  What are 4 things you shouldn’t include in your password?

Student Activity  Click here to go to a password generator.  Create a password that is safe to get an idea about what an adult’s password should look like.

Parental AdviceHelp your child with their password management.  Devise a password for your child to use, write it down in a safe place and keep a record of their accounts.  Don’t let them use the same password as you use for banking, social networking, etc.

Stranger Danger

In real life, you can see and hear the person to whom you are talking.  On the internet, you sometimes can’t see the person on the other computer.  How do you know they are who they say they are?  Watch the video below to see what could be really going on …

What about when you are playing games on the computer, and someone starts talking to you.  Just because the character is cute, does that mean the person on the other computer is cute too?

Watch this video to see what you need to do when you are playing games online:

The internet is a great place to meet with people who have the same interests as you.  But are they really who they say they are?  Watch the video below by clicking on the link – Garfield has some great advice for you!


Teacher Directed After you watch the video, click on Try and answer the questions.  Then, click on Apply to have a Q and A with your class.

Try ApplyParental AdviceTalk with your children and discuss stranger danger in real life and on the computer.  Talk about the dos and don’ts.   Emphasise the fact that the same nasty people who might try to get them to jump in their car are the ones on the other end of the computer pretending they are 7 year old boys and girls.


Who can help?

If you need help because you feel scared, you can talk to some special people who can help you.

If you are scared when you are using the computer at home, always tell your parents and they will help you.  If you have older brothers or sisters, tell them if you need help.  You won’t be in trouble – your family wants to help you.  If you see something at school that you think is scary or dangerous, tell your teacher – they will help you too.  Another way to get help is to add the CyberSafety Help Button to your computer.  Then, you can click it if you have a problem and nobody is around to help you.   Your parents will need to install it onto your computer.  There is one on this webpage – can you see it? (No – not the one under here.  Scroll to the top of the page!)

CyberSafety help button

Teacher Directed Click on the help button above to show students what they will see if they click on it themselves.  Discuss the different ways of talking to someone, reporting a bad experience (including the 000 phone number), or finding out more information.

Student Activity  Why should you have the CyberSafety Help Button on your computer?  How can you help your parents install the button on your computer?

Parental AdviceInstall the CyberSafety Help Button on your computer today.  You can add it to your desktop, web browser and even your mobile devices.  Discuss the ways to use it with your children.


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