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Cyber Culture and Our Kids

I recently attended a Professional Development session on cyber culture.  The survey conducted by AISV interviewed thousands of kids from Grade 4 to Year 8 and collected information about their internet habits.  Some of the interesting findings included:

  • 1 in 5 year 5/6’s don’t consult parents about their internet activity.
  • 15% of year 5’s and 20% of year 6’s have internet access in their bedrooms.
  • Half the respondents claim they don’t have parent imposed internet rules.
  • 30% of respondents know ways in which to circumvent parental controls such as bypassing net filters and minimising pages when parents approach.
  • 40% of respondents name their school or city on social media sites such as Facebook.
  • 84% use chat rooms on a daily basis.
  • Approx. 3/4 don’t use privacy function on their social media pages.

I found some of these stats quite confronting.  Internet safety along with cyber bullying are big issues that educators must take extremely seriously.

I’d love to hear from teachers who have addressed issues of cybersafety in class.  What resources did you use?  How did the class respond?

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