Principals and teachers are cyber marvellous

The education sector was the third most targeted industry by cyber criminals in 2020-21, with K-12 schools offering an attractive target for data privacy crimes owing to easily exploitable gaps in some schools’ cyber security practices.

Educators are role models in the classroom and in the school community. They equip students with knowledge and skills to help them navigate the digital world safely.

Cybermarvel can support you with resources to develop digitally mature citizens.

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Be Cyber Marvellous Challenge 2022

Students can submit an entry individually or as a group into the Be Cyber Marvellous 2022 Challenge. 

Learn more about this exciting competition

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How to transition into a career in cyber security

A technical background or knowledge is not a pre-requisite.

Anyone can transition into a role in cyber. So if you:

  • are curious
  • are inquisitive
  • love problem-solving, you’ll love Cyber Security! 

Careers in cyber security can help you get information on courses available after school. You can watch videos to see how jobs are evolving, and a recording of a panel discussion to see how easy it is to be a cyber security team member as the roles are quite diverse.

Cyber ambassadors are safe online podcast

Listen to the podcast from our Cyber Ambassadors, the Department of Student Voices in Education and Schools (DOVES), where students from NSW public schools talk about the technologies they use, identify the benefits and challenges of being online and give us tips on how to keep cyber safe.

Transcript for podcast (95.11KB)

Empowering schools to nurture cyber safe citizens – using Microsoft tools for cyber safety

Watch the video to see how you can empower yourself and your school community with the use of Microsoft’s suite of software such as Edge and Teams and apps such as Microsoft Family to ensure cyber safety.

Video transcript (PDF 209.98KB)

Empowering schools to nurture cyber safe citizens – using Minecraft EE to build digital citizenship

Watch the video to see how you can be empowered to improve your student’s digital maturity. Learn how to use Minecraft EE to build their online safety understanding and skills.

Video transcript (PDF 256.77KB) (PDF 256.77KB)
Slideshow (PDF 6.16MB) (PDF 6.16MB)

Teaching and learning

The stage-based classroom resources set out below reflect the four effective practices of Element 1 of the eSafety Commissioner’s Best Practice Framework, including the need to:

  • Focus on students in the context of their relationships with, and responsibilities to, others
  • Uphold children’s rights to provision, participation and protection in digital environments
  • Acknowledge the significant opportunities and safety challenges that students face in online environments
  • Empower all students to participate meaningfully in the design, development, and implementation of their online safety education.
Year K-2 resources

Teachers of junior primary can access a collection of on-demand resources to support online safety education in a fun and engaging way. You will find a wide variety of resources ranging from classroom posters and videos to lesson plans and even a Minecraft game. Each resource is linked to ACARA and NESA (NSW) outcomes as well as eSafety’s Best Practice Framework.

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Year 3-4 resources

Stage 2 teachers can access a collection of on-demand games, videos and other resources to support online safety education in a fun and engaging way. You will find a range of resources such as online games, Minecraft activities, password help video and an ebook. Each resource is linked to ACARA and NESA (NSW) outcomes as well as eSafety’s Best Practice Framework.

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Year 5-6 resources

Senior primary teachers can access a collection of on-demand games, videos and other resources to support online safety education in a fun and engaging manner. Use lesson plans, quizzes, Minecraft activities and online games to support classroom discussions about being cyber safe. Each resource is linked to ACARA and NESA (NSW) outcomes as well as eSafety’s Best Practice Framework.

Teachers or schools can register to receive a Grok AcademyCyber Pack. This has 6 packs of cyber cards. There are up to 200 teacher packs available that you can use in your classroom. The packs include posters, a cyber security card game and a cipher wheel to encrypt and decrypt messages. These packs support the teaching of cyber security concepts including privacy, secure passwords, scams awareness and cryptography.

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Register for a Grok AcademyCyber Pack

Year 7-12 resources

High school teachers can access a collection of resources to help students be cyber safe. Teachers can find on-demand learning activities and help guides on improving digital identity, learning to make positive choices online, online reputation, privacy settings and online abuse.

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Cybermarvel resources for school

Check out the below resources to help you improve your own online safety awareness. You will find videos, toolkits, websites and self-help articles that you can use for yourself and share with parents and carers.

Cybermarvel resources for Principals and teachers

Digital citizenship resources

The Digital Citizenship website provides practical advice to teachers and students on the responsible use of technology, addressing safe and ethical online behaviour. Articles and resources are linked to the NSW and Australian Curriculum.

Learning from home

Teachers can download weekly lessons to provide online safety learning for years K-6. These are short, focused activities that students can complete each day using materials available at home. Some online activities are also included.

Year K-2 learning from home
Year 3-4 learning from home
Year 5-6 learning from home

Weeks 1 to 4 (PDF 1.18MB)

Senior primary students can complete 4 activities through October to help them learn how they can stay safe online. There are some extension activities provided in case they finish early.

Reports and articles

eSafety Commissioner’s annual report

eSafety Commissioner’s annual report – read about the ​​​Online Safety Act 2021.

Digital lives of Aussie teens

Digital lives of Aussie teens provides a glimpse into the digital lives of teens, how they deal with negative online experiences, the types of information they need to stay safe online and the information sources that they trust. It also looks at the types of positive online behaviours in which they engage. The research is based on a survey of 627 teens aged 12-17 in September 2020.

Online safety for young people with intellectual disability

Online safety for young people with intellectual disability The internet can be a great equaliser for young people with an intellectual disability. It can help break down barriers, enabling communication and socialisation with their peers, while combating isolation.

This report examines the real challenges and how to navigate potential online pitfalls. It is based on interviews with 17 young people with intellectual disability, interviews with parents and carers and group discussions with educators.  

Building Australian adults’ confidence and resilience online

Building Australian adults’ confidence and resilience online - explores issues around adults’ confidence, perception of online risks and understanding of Safety by Design. Based on a survey of more than 3,700 Australian adults aged 18-65 years. It covers the 12-month period to August 2019.

2022 State of the Phish report

Read Proofpoint’s 2022 State of the Phish report (PDF 3.21MB) to learn how organisations around the world were affected by poor cyber hygiene or a lack of knowledge and miscommunication. It was found that in 2020-20, 92 per cent of Australian organisations dealt with successful cyber attacks which is the highest for any region surveyed. On a global scale, educational organisations, can do better at identifying and reporting phishing emails, completing cyber training, and generating awareness.

Planning for Cyber Security in Schools: the human fac

International Society for Educational Planning - journal article on Planning for Cyber Security in Schools: the human factor (PDF 183.36KB). Vol 27 No.2 2020.

Is your school preparing students for technological change?

The Educator Australia  -  22 February 2021 - Is your school preparing students for technological change? - news article.

What does duty of care look like in 2021?

The Educator Australia, 18 May 2021 -  What does duty of care look like in 2021? -  news article.

Why improving online habits, and safety, takes a village

The Educator Australia, 19 May 2021- Why improving online habits, and safety, takes a village - news article.

Microsoft - Global digital civility report: February 2021

Microsoft - Global digital civility report: February 2021 (PDF 1.85MB) - This report examined behaviors and online interactions of internet risks across 30 countries.

Microsoft - Digital civility and interaction online: Australia 2021 report

Microsoft -Digital civility and interaction online: Australia 2021 (PDF 390.81KB) report shows a one per cent drop in Digital Civility Index (DCI) score as compared to the same period in 2020 (PDF 424.4KB). Sixteen per cent of Australians felt more lonely due to COVID-related impacts and 12 per cent more people experienced personal attacks or negative comments online.

ACMA: The digital lives of younger Australians

ACMA’s report on the digital lives of younger Australians (PDF 1008.51KB) provides a snapshot of the attitudes and behaviours of younger people online: the extent and nature of their online habits, what they use to stay connected, and how they feel about the prominence of digital connection in their lives.

More resources for educators

Resources for schools to celebrate Safer Internet Day 2023.

Resources and webinars to help families keep safe online.

Watch short videos with your family and learn to keep cyber safe.

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