Cybersafety 2012

Digital Citizenship End of Cluster Survey 2012
The same four classes were resurveyed:
a year 2/3 class, a year 3 class, a year 4 class and a year 7/8 class.The two junior classes were surveyed by the teacher, responding to the questions by 'hands up' or suggesting answers. The other two classes undertook the survey individually using surveymonkey.

Final Survey Results and Conclusions
95.7% of our surveyed senior students now have access to the internet at home, this is an increase from the last survey. These students are generally accessing the internet from laptops (70%) and iPads or Tablets (40%). Most of the students access the internet in the lounge or an office but many are still using devices in their bedrooms.

All but 6 students have rules about using the internet at home and it was interesting to see that only 3 students reported that their parents had not spoken to them about being safe online. This indicates that the messages from our cybersafety programmes are trickling through to the parents as well.

The most favourite activity to do on the internet is overwhelmingly gaming, but students are using the internet for many purposes.


Students are giving excellent answers when asked 'What advice would you give about using the internet safely and responsibly':
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All 27 junior students say they would not give their last names and phone numbers to anyone online. Only one student said they would accept someone they didn't know as a friend.

Many of these ideas, such as Don't give out personal details are messages that are constantly emphasized in Hector's World. This programme has clearly made an impact on students as evidenced by a comment a student made about 'going on Hector the Protector' when you see something inappropriate. This is a netsafe-designed safety button that you can install-which can instantly cover any website with a screen saver of Hector.

Hector's World has proven itself to be a worthwhile programme. Most of the students have retained the main ideas and enjoyed the characters and environment of the episodes. These messages need to be regularly enforced by the classroom teachers. It is likely that the programme will need to be repeated every two to three years as well.

Agreement Forms

Digital Citizenship Survey (1) 2012 Four classes were surveyed: a year 2/3 class, a year 3 class, a year 4 class and a year 7/8 class.The two junior classes were surveyed by the teacher, responding to the questions by 'hands up' or suggesting answers. The other two classes undertook the survey individually using surveymonkey.

Senior Cybersafety Survey

Issues facing our students

Survey 2012 Findings
87 % of the students surveyed have internet at home.
Approximately 60% of these students are accessing the internet on laptops and many of the students are using computers or other internet enabled devices in bedrooms and home offices or other unsupervised areas.
82% of the Juniors report that are allowed to use the internet on their own.

The majority of students have rules around using the internet at home but these are largely to do with time-limits, sibling-sharing or preventing devices from being damaged. It was good to see that 37.5% of the senior students that were surveyed were not allowed to go on certain sites.

Our students (juniors and seniors) are using a variety of "child-friendly" sites such as Moshi Monsters and Minecraft as well as open-content sites such as Facebook and Bebo.

An interesting comment that arose from this survey:

This shows that some students may not feel particularly safe when using the internet- and do not feel that they would know what to do when faced with something inappropriate. This highlights the need for ongoing cybersafety programmes in our school.

Term 3 2011 This term Takahe Learning Space has been trialling 'Hector's World'. The students have been very engaged by this programme and it has frequently led to very open discussions about personal experiences. There has been evidence that the main ideas have transferred outside the lessons, e.g. students refusing to share passwords, calling the teacher when pop-ups appear on the screen, and pointing out privacy statements to one another. Next term, students will be surveyed to determine the effects of the unit.
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Term 2: Visit to a Superclubs Plus SchoolOn the 9 June, Heath, Muriel and I visited Newmarket Primary School. Prior to this visit, we had signed up for Superclubs Plus and had all achieved White Star status. We were walked through their journey with Superclubs Plus and spent time with students who were at varying levels on this programme.
Unanimously, we decided that this programme would not suit our school. KnowledgeNet provides a similar -safe, online environment and we feel that it would be doubling-up on many aspects for our students to use both Knowledge Net and Superclubs plus. Having said this, our students do still require a Cybersafety Aspect to their learning.
It has been decided that Muriel and I will trial Netsafe's 'Hector's World' with our classes in Term 3.

Term 1 Cybersafety Survey

43 students were surveyed:
18 Year 1 /2 students
25 Year 4/5 students
91% of students reported having the internet at home (one or more homes in the case of divorced parents).
Websites used:
Gaming (e.g. Club Penguin/ Moshi monsters)- 67%
Educational (e.g. Mathletics/ K-Net/ Reading eggs)- 72%
Search/ Research (google, Youtube)- 47 %
Other (TVNZ on demand, movie sites)- 40%
Where is the computer most often used?
Bedroom- 25 %
Lounge – 37%
Study/ Office – 25%
Other- 13%
Frequency: How often do you go on the internet after school?
Everyday- 43%
Often- 27%
Sometimes- 25%
Never- 5%
What Rules do you have at home about using the internet?
None- 33 %
Time limit- 14 % ( 20 mins – 3 hours)
Certain sites banned (rude/ facebook/ youtube)- 23 %
Reward (eg. homework first)- 5 %
Click (open/close) advice- 14 %
Ask first- 12 %
1 student specified that they were not allowed to talk to anyone they didn’t know
What Advice would you give to someone to keep safe on the internet?
Not clicking on pop-ups- 16 %
Avoid specific sites or ones with specific words or pictures (e.g. sex)- 42%
Ask an adult if a site is safe- 9%
Not giving out personal info- 16%
Suggest good sites- 12%
Overall impression:
An overwhelming majority of the surveyed students are using the internet (outside of school), at least sometimes. A large percentage of students use the internet for educational purposes (72%) but there is also a lot of gaming taking place.
I believe the results above show a need for student and parent education in Cybersafety as 50% of students are using the internet in unsupervised places such as their rooms or the study. It is also concerning that 47% of the students surveyed reported that there were no rules or only rules concerning a time limit that they must stick to when using the internet at home.