Classrooms and cybersafety

Cybersafety is every teacher's responsibility

Cybersafety is not the sole responsibility of the ICT teacher. Schools and their teachers have a responsibility to educate children and young people and address the underlying values (ethics) and responsible behaviours expected of them regardless of their physical location.

It is recommended that schools take a holistic approach to cybersafety education. Cybersafety practices and issues should be included within the school’s curriculum planning and taught explicitly.

As part of a classroom program teachers should look for opportunities to introduce or reinforce cybersafety practices. The focus should be on the behaviour and potential dangers associated with the technology as well as how to use the technology safely and responsibly.

Teachers may consider including the following behaviours in their program:

  • posting or participating in bullying or harassment (cyberbullying)
  • accessing inappropriate content
  • unwanted contact with strangers
  • posting or sharing personal information and passwords
  • using (or stealing) content owned by others, for example images, music or videos
  • plagiarising: taking ideas or information created/ owned by others without referencing their origin
  • using critical thinking skills when using the internet
  • accessing offensive or illegal content
  • seeking support from a trusted adult when there is an issue.

The Department takes the issue of student safety and wellbeing very seriously. The Student Engagement Policy Guidelines will promote student engagement, attendance and positive behaviours in Victorian government school. This resource helps schools develop and implement comprehensive student wellbeing and anti-bullying (including cyberbullying) policies.