Student Safety & Privacy in Cyber World



Ethical issues in Education Technology involves several different aspects, including proper “netiquette”, student safety and privacy, unauthorized access at school, and objectionable materials showing up at school. This is an important responsibility for teachers in the classroom that use technology. As teachers are encouraged to use technology in the classroom, cyber ethics should also be a part of the curriculum.

Student safety and privacy is one of the important aspects of cyber ethics that teachers are responsible for in the classroom.

NSW DET has implemented Digital Citizenship program into curriculum where every teacher who uses technology in classroom has the responsibility to educate their students how to be safe on cyber world.

Refer to NSW DET Policy on Online Communication Services: Acceptable Usage for School Students that defines the policy for school students of the NSW Department of Education and Communities for the appropriate and acceptable use of internet and online communication services provided by the Department.

This document should be made accessible to all students. To ensure safety and privacy of students in my classroom, I will read and explain this document to my students in great detail so they are aware of the consequences, if they breech safety policies and also be aware of the actions they can take if they become victims of cybercrime.

 How to Deal with Cyberbullying

Discuss Cyberbullying: provide curriculum and pedagogy that supports students to develop an understanding of cyberbullying and its impact on individuals and the broader community.

Recognizing the Signs
Keep your finger on the emotional state of students. Does a student seem depressed? Withdrawn? Are his grades suddenly dropping? Advice students that you are concerned about them and wish to help, if they confide in you, ensure that they have done the right thing, if they don’t then ask other staff members for help.

Responding to an Incident

If you find out about cyberbullying incidents, pay close attention right after it happens. Encourage the target of cyberbullying  not to erase the evidence by immediately deleting the hurtful message from her wall or phone. Tell the student to take a screen shot to save it, and then share the information with an adult.

Most importantly respond in a timely manner to incidents of cyberbullying according to the school’s Anti-bullying Plan.

For more information for teachers, students and parents follow the following link;











2 thoughts on “Student Safety & Privacy in Cyber World

  1. tlukins says:


    Thank you for your thoughts on digital citizenship and the links to the ‘NSW DET Policy’ document. I also agree that setting the ground rules of digital citizenship is crucial for two reasons. 1. By doing so students are learning what potential online dangers are and how they can avoid problems. 2. It clearly outlines what is not acceptable and provides a basis for consequences the school establishes for breaches of this code.

    Here is a video I found on ways teachers are teaching digital citizenship that I found helpful.



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