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Kawa of Care
Digital Immersion
Cybersmart at Home
The world around us continues to make advances in technology and innovation. Our children are growing up in a world where using the internet and using Chromebooks is a part of everyday life. In 1998, Google was founded. In December 2003, iTunes had sold 25 million songs. Facebook was created in February 2004. Dates not too far from your children's year of birth - they live in a different world to you and I. The internet is not going anywhere. To ensure every one of our students are confident digital citizens, schools will be implementing The CyberSmart Curriculum.

The Cybersmart curriculum is comprised of 'Smart Categories'. The curriculum is taught frequently in the classroom, and covers a wide range of subjects relevant to learning and online citizenship in the 21st century. Much of our children's online activities and learning often requires them to apply principles from at least one ‘Smart’ category: 

What part do I play?

Students deserve all the best teaching, resources and opportunities to become confident, capable digital citizens - and ultimately life-long learners. There is one category specifically for whānau called ‘Smart Parents’ that is covered in Module One Parent Training. ‘Smart Parents’ discusses how to support a learning environment in your home, and understand how to best monitor your child's online activity. Families and whānau are also encouraged to go over other ‘Smart’ categories and become familiar with these. Whether students are playing games or blogging a reflection, the Cybersmart categories help to guide the different types of choices and questions for them to ask. Simply put - are the decisions they are making online Smart?

What is Cybersmart?

The Cybersmart curriculum was initially co-constructed in 2011, developed by teachers in schools within the Manaiakalani cluster at the time. Your children are growing up in a world surrounded by the internet and varying degrees of technology. The Toki Pounamu Schools have taken it upon themselves to ensure students alongside schools and families make great choices, encouraging confident digital citizens in the 21st Century.

There are ten Cybersmart categories schools will cover, from a basic level with younger children through to advanced teaching at an older level. Check out some of the content from the Toki Pounamu Cybersmart Curriculum below:

Smart Relationships

  • Be a good person online

  • Know who people are

Smart Money

  • How to respond to requests for money

  • Credit Cards/Paypal

Smart Footprint

  • Post stuff that will make your parents proud

  • How am I advertising myself?

Smart Legal

  • What am I allowed to download?

  • What am I allowed to sign up to?

Smart Learners

  • How do I check information is true?

  • Acknowledging sources.

Smart Values

  • What are the values of your school?

  • What are the values in your home? How do they line up with Cybersmart.

Smart Surfing

  • What is the best browser?

  • Which sites are not appropriate?

Smart Teachers

  • Are they familiar with the Cybersmart curriculum for your child?

Smart Media

  • Don’t take everything online at face value

  • Photos can be manipulated, people can be made to look better - it’s not real!

Smart Parents

  • See questions below and consider which Cybersmart category each question relates to.

Parents, have you and your child gone through these questions? Are you able to answer these questions confidently? These questions are not only used in our Cybersmart curriculum, they also related to the Kawa of Care. You must be able to answer these questions with understanding before you use the Chromebook at home:

Cybersmart Home:
  • Where will the Chromebook be used?
  • What time limits will you set?
  • Where will you charge the Chromebook overnight?
  • Do you know your children’s friends online and offline?
  • Do you have a plan if your child is confronted with a difficult situation online?
  • What sites are suitable?

See how you go. If unsure, talk it through with your child’s teacher and most importantly - talk through these questions TOGETHER with your child.

Tips for managing the Internet at home you might like to consider: (this section is under development)

The digital world that children are growing up in is quite overwhelming for many parents. Have a discussion with your child/children - let them know that internet access at home is a privilege to be earned and maintained through them demonstrating Cybersmart choices. 
  • Keep your wifi password secret. Type it into your child's device when it suits you for them to be online.
  • Have your child work on their device in an area of the house where you most frequently spend time, and have them sit so that the screen is easily visible to you when you walk past. Take an interest in what they are doing online - this gives you an opportunity to connect with your child's online life, and lets them know you are available for support.
  • Don't have devices charging over night in your child's bedroom. Establish a place for charging in a living area in your home.

Resources for Whanau and Families

View the links below for helpful information and resources for Cybersmart parenting:
NetSafe Parents
Articles of interest to parents, on NetSafe New Zealand's website, which provides cybersafety and security advice to New Zealanders.
A high school interactive 'game' that simulates the online world, warts and all. It has security threats and painful events, the sort that will wreck a good time.

Common Sense Media
A fantastic site for resources, videos and advice that are easy to understand and can help you as a parent when it comes to your children and their Cybersafety.
Fantastic site with great reads about Facebook, YouTube and the massive digital world. Take charge when it comes to using the internet in your home!
Scooby Says
Check out this fantastic site 'Scooby Says' for Tamaki College students / secondary school students - don't be fooled, these resources are great to check out as parents too!
The Orb
A place to report online incidents which may break NZ law on NetSafe.
Digital Footprint
A tool to help you work out what information to keep private and what is okay to share, used by cluster facilitators.

Common Sense Media - Parents
Great site with a wide range of information from digital citizenship to parent engagement.
Google Safety Centre
Once you become comfortable in using Google Apps for Education, check out some of these Safety Tips recommended by Google.

OWLS - Wise Words on Privacy (NetSafe NZ)
A range of information suited to young and older teens, and their parents.
#GameOn e-Safety - Office of Children’s e-Safety Commissioner, Australia
#GameOn is a cybersafety video that follows the online experiences of a group of lower secondary students who find themselves in situations that catch them off-guard and teach them the consequences of making poor decisions online.