Empowering children to be safe online through Life Education Victoria

Lachie, Logan, Belle, Dougal, BJ, Hugh, Marcus, Brydy, Madaline, Isabella, Charlotte and Scott the Educator from Life Education Victoria.

Lachie, Logan, Belle, Dougal, BJ, Hugh, Marcus, Brydy, Madaline, Isabella, Charlotte and Scott the Educator from Life Education Victoria.

LAKE BOLAC - Life Education Victoria has recently spent an invaluable two days with the primary students at Lake Bolac P-12 College.

Each class from prep to grade six attended age appropriate sessions on health and wellbeing. All the lessons were a lot of fun and very interactive.

Included in the grade 5/6 session was a module called 'bCyberwise'. Parents were also invited to attend a special session on this subject which they all found extremely informative.

Life Education Victoria is providing a vital educational experience to the children in the form of bCyberwise - a new module in the Life Education program which addresses the issues our children may face when using the internet.

The bCyberwise module is evidence-based information which explores cybersafety through engaging animation, vox pops of children, relevant scenarios, discussion and problem solving.

The educational session is delivered to the children in the Mobile Learning Centres, which provides an experience which assists in memory of the content. The interactive module gives children the opportunity to focus on responsible online behaviour, cybersafety and cyber security.

Michelle Wood, CEO for Life Education Victoria says it is imperative that children are educated about cyber-safety.

"Due to the increasing need for children to be informed about the complexities associated with internet usage, Life Education added a module to our program in January this year which is current and very relevant," she said.

"We are aware that as a community, we put significant pressure on schools to teach our children about cybersafety. We support the schools by empowering the children."

Family values and behaviours are important influences on internet usage. Children benefit from being supervised when on the computer, and usage should occur in an open and transparent arena. Life Education Victoria offers parent sessions which are conducted in the schools while the Mobile Learning Centre is on site. They give the parents skills and knowledge related to safe on-line interactions and behaviours.

Life Education is the largest non-government provider of health and drug education to children and young people, Australia wide and is well known for its popular mascot, Healthy Harold the Giraffe. Already the students from Lake Bolac College have learnt some valuable tips from Life Education, as shown in the following quotes:

Aiden: 'Make sure you have a secure password'.

Annika: 'Don't share your passwords with others'.

Alicia: 'When you are on a social network, be careful that you don't click onto ads'.

Hollie: 'Don't give out any personal information online'.

Sophie: 'Make sure that if you are being cyberbullied that you let a trusted adult know'.

Jake: 'Be careful of who you friend online'.

Maddy: 'Be careful of what photos you post online and make sure you ask before you post a picture of someone else'.

Wiremu: 'It was important to learn about being safe when online'.

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