Online safety, privacy and sharing

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Learning Outcome

Develops an understanding of concept of online privacy and understands how to set privacy settings.
NetSafe Digital Citizenship Definition: is a confident and capable user of ICT
In this module, students will create an outline of information that they need to keep private. They will then research a tool they use, explore a situation where they need to manage privacy and create ways to deal with it.



Watch Online dos and don’ts -

Watch Hector's World vdeos from the junor section:

Watch Hector's World Computer security video:

Year 5/6

Watch ‘Everyone knows your name’ -
Watch Playing Safe Online:


  • Why do you want to keep information private?
  • What things about you do you want to stay private- think about MORE than just data chunks. Think conclusions people can draw about you - Where you shop and at what time, your daily habits, commutes, trips, clubs, school, parents, family..
  • What would you find creepy in real life? ( Think about the videos in the ‘learn’ section)
  • Have you made this possible with your online behaviour?
  • Would you even know if you had?



Use these great resources from the Australian government to find examples of online environments and the safety features they each have.
See the overview of features on popular sites
Use this chart to choose a social site that many people use

Teach the YAPPY Rule -Personal information you should not share online – Your full name, address, phone number, passwords, your plans.


  1. Choose one site that they use and research its safety features and potential issues.
  2. Apply their own settings to match, or create an account for the first time using those setting from the start.
  3. Create a poster for their classmates/school advertising safe use of their chosen online tool/game. They may also like to advertise their own skills in setting up accounts, so they set themselves up as experts to help lead. ( See ‘Leading Digital Citizenship’ modules for more on this idea.)
  4. Share stories (digital, or otherwise) on the changes they’ve made to their accounts with before and after summaries of the potential risks they’ve managed.
  5. Publish posters in a collection for class and school to see.


Who else do you know who might need to change their settings or behaviour? How could you help them understand what to do and why it's important?


In groups or a whole class, list all the things you've remembered to do to stay safe. Then, watch the Hector's World music video and see how many you've remembered. 

All Ages:
Take the cyber kids quiz:
Check the cybersmart ‘THINK’ page for a simple way to remember some key rules.
Play the Cyberpigs online safety game and quiz:
Play the Cyberpigs 'cyber sense anad nonsense' game:

Play the Privacy Pirates game:


Pete Hall