Students at Emu Park State School will participate in Australia's Biggest Child Safety Lesson, produced by the Daniel Morcombe Foundation. The lesson will be livestreamed and focus on online safety strategies for Year 3 – 6 students. The Lesson has been developed using age-appropriate, evidence-based personal safety education strategies for students in Year 3 - 6. All language used in Australia's Biggest Child Safety Lesson is appropriate for children in the primary age range.
Students are introduced to a short dramatisation which explores an unsafe situation which occurs online. In this situation, 'Jess' is communicating via a social media app. She responds to a message from someone in her contacts list, although she is not initially aware of who it is. Jess receives inappropriate messages which make her feel uncomfortable. During this scenario, the narrator talks about the processes of recognising, reacting, and reporting. The segment demonstrates the concept of body clues. It addresses key safety messages such as safe and unsafe secrets and persistence in help-seeking. The segment also incorporates an interactive component which asks viewers to indicate reasons the situation is unsafe – with a 30 second timer. The narrator explains who Safety Helpers are and why it is important for a child to talk to someone when they are not feeling safe. Children are encouraged to keep telling someone until someone listens. Example Safety Helpers are introduced e.g. Mum/Police/Kids Helpline.
Students are also introduced to some key safety tips for online use, these include:
- Only add people that you and your family know
- Never meet up with someone from the online world, without checking with your parents or carers
- Think carefully about what you share online
- Ask a parent or carer before you buy anything online
- Share what you do online with your parents and carers
- When you go online, do so in a shared space such as a kitchen or living room.
Teachers have access to quality resources that support the livestream message. I have attached the Daniel Morcombe Web Site for you convenience, if you wish to explore more of the important messages, skills and strategies from this foundation: https://danielmorcombe.com.au/