Webinars and training
The education sector is the fifth most targeted industry by cyber criminals in 2021-22, with K-12 schools offering an attractive target for data privacy crimes owing to easily exploitable gaps in some schools’ cyber security practices.
We have curated a set of professional development resources and webinars to help you understand how you can be cyber safe and adapt recommended practices.
Teacher panel discussion (40 mins)
Cyber savvy educator – Digital Wellbeing (45 mins)
Educators will be reminded of the imperative to integrate digital safety and wellbeing concepts into their everyday classroom practice.
Teaching Digital Citizenship (1 hour)
Prepare your students for success as digital learners, leaders, and citizens, and create a road map for teaching digital citizenship in your classroom.
Cyber security webinars
Access a collection of webinars from Grok Learning that can help you teach Digital Technologies and cyber security.
Teaching online safety in lower primary
Self-contained modules to help you teach safe, respectful and responsible online behaviours.
Videos and podcasts
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)
Cyber safety, digital literacy and wellbeing - Internet Independent Learning Library
Online relationships can be complex. Negative behaviours can escalate to cyberbullying, harassment, and abuse. Educators can take away strategies to help students to navigate online relationships in healthy and safe ways and to recognize and respond to harmful cyberbullying behaviours.
Online actions and choices can shape a young person’s digital identity. Educators will be provided with a framework to facilitate critical thinking in students, along with strategies for guiding students in making informed decisions.
Personal information can be compromised in digital spaces, and young people can be exposed to harm online. Educators can learn cyber security tips and safety measures to help protect their personally identifiable information online.
Misinformation and fake news are sometimes hard to detect and understand. This session will provide practical tools and strategies for educators to help students navigate the complex landscape of digital media.
Gamify your learning with Makecode Arcade
Watch the video to learn how you can guide your students use Microsoft’s Makecode Arcade to create a cyber maze. Students will learn:
how to code
core programming and game development concepts
use art and design to construct a cyber maze
research digital citizenship and cyber safety
Gamify your learnign with Makecode Arcade video transcript (PDF 185.93KB)
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.
Empowering schools to nurture cyber safe citizens – using Minecraft:Education 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)
eSafety Commissioner's video library
Primary and high school teachers can access the eSafety Commissioner's video library to watch videos to support students with learning on several topics including:
respectful online behaviours
gaming safely online
Access the eSafety Commissioner's video library for educators
eSafety Commissioner's reports and articles
Annual report 2021-22 - talks about how they are working with the education sector to make sure Safety by Design concepts are incorporated into school curriculums to help build the next generation of ethical engineers, data scientists and product designers.
Australians’ negative online experiences 2022 - this report discusses how more Australian adults are being exposed to online harms since the last national adult survey in 2019.
Evaluation of teacher learning program 2021 - eSafety’s professional learning webinars were highly valued by participants due to the quality of the program and the importance of the subject matter.
Digital lives of Aussie teens Feb 2021 report- read how teenagers deal with negative online experiences, the barriers they face, information they need to stay safe online and where they go to seek this. It also looks at the steps young people take to build positive relationships online.
Online safety for young people with a disability - people with disability experience a ‘digital divide,’ meaning they can miss features and benefits that other Australians access online. This report details how eSafety can help protect from serious online abuse.
Online safety for young people with intellectual disability Dec 2020- the internet can be a great equaliser for young people with an intellectual disability. It can break down barriers, enabling communication and socialisation with their peers, and help overcome isolation. This report examines the challenges and how to navigate potential online pitfalls.
How adults with intellectual disability experience online abuse May-Dec 2021- this report discusses how people with intellectual disabilities use the internet and how they experience and deal with online abuse.
Online experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their parents and caregivers Jul-Sep 2021 - this report discusses that while the internet provides a wealth of positive experiences, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people are more likely to be exposed to a range of online harms, including hate speech, discrimination, and bullying.
Cyber Security reports and news items
Read Proofpoint’s 2023 State of the Phish report to learn how Australian organisations were most likely to experience both successful phishing (94% vs 84% global average) and supply chain attacks (80% vs 69% global).
International Society for Educational Planning - journal article on PLANNING FOR CYBER SECURITY IN SCHOOLS: THE HUMAN FACTOR Vol 27 No.2 2020
The Educator Australia 19 May 2021- Why improving online habits, and safety, takes a village - news article
The Educator Australia – 18 May 2021 - What does duty of care look like in 2021?- news article
The Educator Australia – 22 Feb 2021 - Is your school preparing students for technological change?- news article
The Educator Australia – 13 Dec 2022 - How to evolve your school’s cybersecurity approach – news article.
The Educator Australia – 11 Nov 2022 - Ransomware attacks on schools escalating – news article
Microsoft’s Global Digital Civility report February 2021- This report examined behaviours and online interactions of internet risks across 30 countries.
Australian Communications and Media Authority’s Digital lives of younger Australians May 2021 report is a snapshot of the attitudes and behaviours of 18–34-year-olds 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
Virtual classrooms for primary and interactive challenges for high schools.
Get your students to prepare a submission for this exciting challenge.