Growing Up Digital

Enhancing Online Safety for Children

In July 2013 Cyber Safe Kids partnered with Common Sense Media and Symantec to devise a digital citizenship program called Growing Up Digital (GUD). This was the first application of the Common Sense Media resources in Australia and New Zealand and provided a unique platform for global collaboration in support of digital citizenship.

The GUD Program was offered to a sample of ten schools across the three education sectors in Australia, public, private and catholic. It involved the implementation and alignment to the Australian National Curriculum of the Common Sense Media Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum resources and the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development’s Incident Response Tool.

“This Growing Up Digital program has provided our school with rich resources to support the explicit teaching of digital literacy and digital citizenship across all year levels. We have a moral obligation to embed the concepts of digital citizenship in all subjects if we provide our students with access to online resources and digital devices. I would like to thank Symantec, Common Sense Media, Cyber Safe Kids and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development for the opportunity to be involved in this pilot which has and will continue to shape our school climate and culture.”

Cyber Safe Kids provided the training to the schools and ensured every unit and lesson plan for all years had a cross curricular alignment covering the eight key categories:

  • Internet Safety
  • Digital Footprint and Reputation
  • Privacy and Security
  • Self-image and Identity
  • Relationships and Communication
  • Information Literacy
  • Cyber bullying
  • Creative Credit and Copyright

“Symantec is proud to support this initiative in Australia, to empower a school community to know more and do more about being responsible, ethical, safe and respectful digital citizens. We believe that a safer internet is one underpinned by the values of citizenship, and through engaging with the school community, providing teachers with necessary training and implanting digital citizenship values within the school curriculum. With this approach, we can raise awareness to levels needed to effect change in attitudes and behaviour about what it means to live in a digital world.”
Marian Merritt, Global Internet Safety Advocate at Symantec