Cybersafety in Primary Years

Cybersafety in Primary YearsOnce, not so long ago, we could put off ticking the Cybersafety box until our children reached the teenage years, but now parents and educators need a greater awareness from a much earlier age.

Primary children first start exploring the Internet a lot sooner than we imagine. Many as young as 4 or 5 tap away at preschool games, watch Youtube clips, socialise in virtual worlds such as Moshi Monsters, and search Google. We need to work together to ensure that we are teaching them cyber safety strategies from the earliest possible moment.

The following research needs to be noted:

  • Children ages 2 – 11 make up nearly 20% of the active online universe (Nielsen, 2010
  • 18% of 8 to 10 year olds spend time on some kind of social networking site daily (Kaiser, 2010).
  • 71% of parents report having experienced one or more Internet-related issues with their children within the past year (Harris Interactive poll, 2007).
  • 3 out of 4 parents think it’s just as important to know how to use digital media as it is to learn traditional skills like reading and writing (Harris Interactive Poll, 2007).

Ensuring that your child is using a safe search site, reminding your children not to give out private information online, to be kind towards others, and to recognise the difference between advertisements and content are just some of the skills we can teach children in Primary school. Educators and parents need to be working together on this.

If you are not up to date with the latest sites being accessed by primary age children or you would like to be kept abreast of the latest cybersafety issues now is the time to subscribe to this website. It caters for all children from Prep to 12. Just enter your email address in the top right hand corner and confirm your subscription when an email arrives in your inbox.

Mrs Deborah Sukarna
Head of Primary Education / Deputy Principal
Ivanhoe Grammar School

Deborah Sukarna is the Head of Primary Education/Deputy Principal at Ivanhoe Grammar School.
She has been a leading educator for 27 years and has presented professional development programs for State, Catholic and Independent schools. She has worked in the United States, was Principal of a bilingual Balinese community school and has co-authored a number of books on literacy education. She developed the ‘Writer’s Notebook’ strategy which is used extensively across Victorian schools.

About Gavin May

Gavin May is a parent at Ivanhoe Grammar School and formerly the Director of ICT. is aimed at helping parents live in a connected world, where the internet is central to much of what we do, and certainly much of what our children do. The easy option is to just block it - the better option is to get involved and stay informed.
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