Developing Digital Citizens at Infant Jesus School

I’m always hearing such wonderful things about the innovative approaches to technology education that the staff at Infant Jesus School, Perth, are employing. I was fortunate late last year to have the chance to chat with a couple staff from the school, Mitzi Phoebe (Technology Teacher, Pre-Primary – Year 6) and Yen Wong (Year 3 Teacher), to find out more about their strategies for teaching cybersafety education. I was also super-stoked to hear that Infant Jesus School had begun using my book, “The Tweeting Galah” during the year as a cybersafety resource and was keen to hear what they thought of it! A big thanks goes out to Mitzi and Yen for taking the time to chat! Be sure to also check out Infant Jesus School and Mitzi Phoebe on Twitter – both provide regular ideas and updates on all things #edtech!

Infant Jesus School Twitter Post

@InfantJesus54: Year Four students using the @ZapparApp with the Tweeting Galah by @kimmaslin to cover important digital citizenship concepts!

Developing Digital Citizens at Infant Jesus School

What cybersafety issue do you believe is most concerning for students at the moment? 

MP: Cyberbullying and how some people believe they can be ‘anonymous’ behind a screen.

YW: Text Messaging 

How do you and/or your school approach the issue of cybersafety? Is there a particular strategy you find most effective?

MP: As the Technology Teacher, I assist classroom teachers to integrate Digital Citizenship concepts into lessons. As the school is 1:1 iPad devices from Year 3-6, it provides a fantastic opportunity to teach these important skills in a moderated environment using tools such as online blogs and forms of communications. 

YW: Infant Jesus School runs parent workshops to inform them about cybersafety and to give them strategies on how deal with technology issues facing youth today. The teachers plan and teach cybersafety lessons to the students to help them deal with it and know where to go for help.

What advice do you have for other teachers in regards to teaching cybersafety?

MP: Be proactive in explicitly teaching this concept to your students. Use a different range of unplugged and plugged-in methods. I love using a Digital Citizenship Toolkit and reading “The Tweeting Galah”! 

YW: To keep educating the students about cybersafety so that we can pre-protect them from situations that might arise. 

How have you used “The Tweeting Galah” in class with your students?

MP: We used “The Tweeting Galah” as a prompt for class discussions in Year 3 & 4. Students are completing the reflection questions and have downloaded the app, Zappar, so they can answer the quiz and scenario questions together. 

YW: We used the story Tweeting Galah during our STEAM session with our ICT teacher. The teacher read the text as a whole class and then discussed the questions provided. Then the students created a superhero based on a cybersafety element. After note taking and creating their superhero, they were required to bring their superhero to live through ChatterPix. 

Which feature of the book did you find most useful?

MP: The fact it is interesting for students and can be used as a teaching point rather than just ‘story time.’ As a teacher it is fantastic that educational links and resources and included.

YW: I really liked how the stories referred back to real-life situations. The students were able to engage with them. 

What makes this book different to other cybersafety resources?

MP: It is targeted perfectly to primary aged children, the stories are short and interesting and the class really connect with the characters. I love that the stories are all about encouraging healthy online behaviours but includes a technology aspect as to not shy away from the fact that we are living in a digital age. I would definitely recommend this book for parents and teachers!

Mitzi Phoebe Testimonial

The Tweeting Galah

About Kim Maslin

Kim is a passionate educator empowering others to feel confident using technology. She has spent the last 10 years teaching students aged 5 to 85! Kim is the author of The Tweeting Galah cybersafety series.