Our Facebook series for parents and students, #TechTuesday, allows us to share information, tips or news on one aspect of the digital world. As not all members of our community use social media, we will repeat the #TechTuesday in the weekly newsletter.
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Technology provides a great way for people to contribute to genuine science projects. This week's #techtuesday tip for an ongoing 'citizen science' project that will be perfect for the July holidays, especially if you are travelling through an area that was affected by bush fires. It is a family friendly project that is helping to map the recovery of Australia’s biodiversity by contributing records of recovering plants and animals returning to and re-establishing in areas burnt in the 2019/20 bush fires. It is done in a game format via a free downloadable app. Find out more here: http://ow.ly/dDun50A8EYh
#TechTuesday - 10 June 2020
Today we look at a more positive way our community can use technology as citizen scientists - and help break a world record!
The Australasian Dark Sky Alliance (ADSA) is working to map light pollution and need your help. On Sunday 21 June 2020, the darkest day of year, record the light pollution in your area using the Globe at Night webapp. You could be a world record holder AND help scientists map light pollution and the impacts on the environment. To take part, you will need to download an app.
There are two options. Participate for free online or pay the small fee of $3 to participate, which includes an official certificate, and going in the draw to win prizes. To find out more, head to the ADSA website.
#TechTuesday - 2 June 2020
- Keep your own privacy settings up-to-date and show your children how to stay on top of theirs
- Think before you post. Ask yourself if your comment is constructive before you post.
- Don’t hide behind your profile picture. Social media is not anonymous. Your online reputation will stay with you for a long time. If you wouldn’t say something to someone’s face, don’t say it to them online.
- Give yourself a ‘rule’ about who you connect with on social media, and who you do not. For example, if you would stop and say hi to them on the street, you will add them as a Facebook friend. This helps to demonstrate boundaries in the online world.
- Find topics your family are interested in and talk about it. Take the conversation online by commenting on a group or page about the topic, and show your children how to connect with others safely and respectfully on issues that they care about.
- Demonstrate respectful conversations online. Show your child that some people may have different opinions to you. Treat people with the same respect you would give them face-to-face and report troll-like or bullying behaviour instead of engaging with it.
#TechTuesday - 26 May 2020
Are you able to spot the signs of an online scam when you see them? Challenge yourself with these five common scam examples, courtesy of the ACCC Consumer Rights' SCAMWATCH website.
#TechTuesday - 19 May 2020
While restrictions around COVID-19 may be slowly lifting, for some members of our community in high-risk categories, the restrictions will remain a significant factor in their lives. Some seniors may struggle with a sense of isolation. Technology is an important way they can remain connected with the wider world, but they may not be as proficient in utilising it. Our #techtuesday tip is to encourage the younger generation to reach out to older members of their family and help them get connected by learning new skills, such as video calls, social media and more. There are some great suggestions on the e-Safety Commissioner's website on how our young people can mentor and support older people. (PS: We'd love some photos or videos of our young people helping their grandparents to get set up!)
#TechTuesday - 12 May 2020
You wouldn't give your child the keys to a car and let them drive off down the highway without lessons. It is the same way with devices that can connect to the online world. Safe on Social Media offers some useful tips for parents to discuss and prepare strategies for online safety in this handy document.
#TechTuesday - 5 May 2020
Young children at home are increasingly playing and interacting online. How much do you know about Social Media and Digital Reputation? Take this quiz and find out how much you really do (or don't!) know.
#TechTuesday - 28 April 2020
Young children at home are increasingly playing and interacting online. The Office of the eSafety Commissioner has teamed up with Play School to bring you a special episode exploring good online safety habits. Teachers and parents can also find online learning resources relating to the episode on the ABC Kids Early Education website.
#TechTuesday - 21 April 2020
As thoughts turn to Term 2 and the continuation of our Distance Learning Program, we have put together some helpful tips on what to do if IT troubles arise at home.
#TechTuesday - 14 April 2020
Keeping Schools and Learning Safe Online. The Commissioner of eSafety has some great top tips & resources to help keep schools & students safe online during distance learning, can be found here.
#TechTuesday - 7 April 2020
Keeping our kids safe online during COVID-19: The eSafety Commissioner is working to help keep families safe, offering practical tools that empower parents and carers to be a positive influence in their kids’ online lives. To this end, they have published a new resource for families: Global Safety Advice for Parents and Carers, which is available to download from the eSafety website.
#TechTuesday - 31 March 2020
#TechTuesdays - 24 March
The Online World for Under 5s | The eSafety Early Years program from Office of the eSafety Commissioner provides advice on how parents and carers can support young children under 5 to have safe and enjoyable experiences online.
#TechTuesdays - 17 March
Can you spot when you're being phished? Take this little quiz and find out how savvy you are when it comes to protecting yourself online. Great way to discuss the issue as a family: ask your children to have a go at completing the quiz too!
#TechTuesday - 9 March 2020
This week, we focus on an app that is useful to the whole family - Smiling Mind. Smiling Mind is a non-for-profit web and app-based meditation program developed by psychologists and educators to help bring mindfulness into people's lives. It offers age-appropriate programs for the whole family, including younger children and adults. Wellbeing is essential for learning. With mindfulness, students are more focused and more engaged learners. The app is free and available for both Apple and Android devices.
#TechTuesday - 3 March 2020
Time for another #TechTuesday tip! Adults are just as much at risk as our children are when it comes to cybercrime. This week, we look at some tips on password management, phishing, VPNs and more. Thanks to Safe on Social Media for the resources.
#TechTuesday - 25 February 2020
Last week, we looked at TikTok, an app that is of particular concern in our community. Our thanks go to Safe on Social for this insightful information sheet. Plenty for parents (and students) to consider! Download the TikTok Info Sheet