Cyber Safety Talk to Years 5 to 12

Cyber safety wordle

On Friday, March 18th, years 5 to 12 listened to a presentation by Brett Lee. Brett worked as a Queensland Police Officer for 22 years, 16 of those as a Detective predominantly in the field of Child Exploitation. In his last five years of service, he was a specialist in the field of undercover internet child exploitation investigations.

He spoke in a  simple but effective manner to the students about appropriate online presence, the absolute need for safety whilst being online and that we are easily ‘googled’. Students became uncomfortable when he pulled up a selection of face book pages belonging to students, some whose profile was not set to privacy and some whose were. Here are some excerpts from some of our student reflections (See their individual posts for more):-

From Dhugsy:-

Brett Lee also talked about how a simple Google search of someone’s name or email address can reveal information like siblings, parents, phone numbers, images, your address, where you go to school, interests/ hobbies, if you have a Facebook or Myspace or Bebo…etc, your friends,  and even people that know you. All from a simple Google search!

He talked about how easy it is to hack into someone’s account, steal there identity  and make money out of it by creating false credit cards and selling them on the black market. Just to give us an example, he found some students on Facebook that attended Hawkesdale College and showed us their images. This was a good idea because it showed us just how it felt that a complete stranger could get hold of and keep a picture of us… SCARY!

from Doofus:

Brett Lee talked about a few of his projects/operations and gave us insight on what happens when he targets a paedophile. He urged how important internet safety is for everyone. He told us about what type of information and media is and isn’t appropriate for your online profiles.
Brett Lee talked a lot about your internet safety on the internet and gave us tips on how to keep our information and media private. He talked about setting your personal internet profile settings on ‘private’.
Brett Lee also told us about how easy it is to steal someone’s identity on the internet by hacking into that persons account.

From Tarzy:

The bit I liked most was when he showed us three photos of people from our school. He told us that the three peoples profiles were on private but he still got there photos, name, age, if they were male or female.

Brett talked about, people stealing your identity. they could get your face, name, age and even your friends. …that night I went home and made sure that my facebook was on private :)

He also talked about what ever you write on the internet or do on the internet, it will always be there. Even if you delete it. Also if you text someone or send a  picture you don’t know what they are going to do with it. They ‘could’ delete it or they ‘could’ send it on. you never know.

Year 9 students created the two word clouds appearing on this post as a result of their reflections on the session. The students are Rachael and Sean.


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About murch

Hi, I am Anne Mirtschin, a secondary teacher who teaches commerce and IT. In 2007, I am teaching grade 3 through to year 12 IT. My passions include the use of web2.0, podcasting and multimedia including digital animations. I teach at Hawkesdale prep to year 12 College, a small country school in Western Victoria, Australia. This year our school has been granted a rich picture case studies grant where we will work with grade 6 students on pod/vidcasting and the volunteers at the Penshurst Volcano Discovery Centre to produce podcasts for the centre and surrounding volcanic district, called Kanawinka.

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