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This is how we cyber – NSW students to lead new digital discipline

Secrets to playing it safe online were revealed to students while they lived it up as department heads in Secretary for a Day.

Secrets to playing it safe online were revealed to students while they lived it up as department heads in Secretary for a Day.

Students learned how to lead others in cyber behaviour during the 'Becoming a cyber leader – leading the school community in the safe use of technology workshop'.

Students from 41 high schools across the state participated in Secretary for a Day as part of Education Week at the department’s Parramatta office, chatting to Secretary Mark Scott and workshopping significant issues such as good cyber behaviour.

Key take-aways from one session, ‘Becoming a cyber leader – leading the school community in the safe use of technology’, were how to influence positive digital change, how to become a cyber leader and how to act responsibly online. Benjamin Neville, a student at Eden Marine High School, was encouraged to explore different online cyber leader resources to learn safe, positive and responsible digital behaviour.

“We like the messages in many of the videos,” said Benjamin. “I would definitely share them with my teachers at school.”

Another student said materials provided by the department during the session were “really helpful … to understand want it means to be a cyber leader”.

Students took part in activities focusing on service leadership; using technology for good; positively influencing peers and teambuilding skills to promote positive action in schools.

Attendees were also shown how to lead by example with one student saying, “I was able to learn more about the challenges people my age are facing online and know that I’m not alone”.

Paul Tournas, NSW Department of Education Social Media and Networking Advisor said it was great to see students from across NSW discussing the challenges they faced online while working together to further develop existing resources.

“Resources promoting online safety have the potential to be used not only in schools but by students’ in their everyday lives,” Mr Tournas said.

The NSW anti-bullying website has information and tips for staying safe online as well as links to further many other great resources for students and families.

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