The Cybersmarties Academy Digital Courses
This course is designed by The Cybersmarties Academy specifically for primary school children, teachers and parents. The Cybersmarties Academy is the Data Learning Centre of cybersmarties.in, the award winning safe social network for kids who have direct experience in online safety for children since 2015. Cybersmarties was awarded the An Garda Siochána Patent for Safety in December 2019, following over two years of collaboration and are also a UNICEF Global Partner. This is a joint initiative between Cybersmarties and the Garda National Protective Services Bureau to prevent cyberbullying and encourage positive mental health among children. We know about cyberbullying and online safety: we specialise in it and the emotional effects it can have on children. For nearly 5 years we have been keeping children safe on our locked down social network and we have learned a lot about the issues facing children, teachers and parents in cyberworld. This course is designed with practicality at its core. Each person who successfully completes the course will be awarded a personalised Digital Online Safety Certificate from the Cybersmarties Academy.
One of Cybersmarties Mission Goals is to educate children online. Children on Cybersmarties have access to over 30 different courses for free. The Read Better Program by Dr Danny Brassell is an example of this: Creating positive reading habits for children for lifelong change
This course is delivered in story form, using fictional characters to address real life scenarios children may face when using the internet and social networks. It is delivered in a way children will understand and relate to as we follow the lives of Tom and Chloe as they navigate their journey with technology and the choices they face along the way.This interactive course can be used as a buffer to mirror situations children may face, different dangers children may encounter, choices they may need to make and the importance of thinking before they act.Read More
The object of this resource is to give children a framework to guide their interaction with technology, the means to open up discussion about cyberbullying and other sensitive issues among students naturally, while at the same time conditioning a positive mental attitude about themselves and others. At the end of each section, children are given a multiple choice questionnaire to access what they have learned which guides them to make positive choices about “real life” scenarios. Upon the successful completion of this course, children will be awarded a Cybersmarties Academy Digital Certificate of Internet Safety for them to print and hang on a wall.
Upon successful completion of this course children will have learned:
- The dangers of talking online with strangers
- What to do when you stumble across inappropriate websites
- The dangers of sharing photos and why they never go away
- Online friendships are not as good as Real friendships
- Why it is not healthy to spend too long on your device
- What happens if you bully someone online or if you are bullied
- Why “Likes” and “Followers” are not that important
- Why its not healthy to share too much information about your life online
- Why it is important to be kind and include others
The Internet can be a wonderful place for kids to learn and have fun. It has become a constant companion in the form of desktops, tablets and mobiles and can be likened to the pen and paper of our time. Children are the pioneers of the internet of the future and the habits they learn as a child will form their future use of the internet and their perception of positive or negative behaviour. Teachers play an ever increasing role in this learning process Teachers themselves, did not grow up with technology and therefore have a steep learning curve.Read More
With ever increasing issues around cyberbullying and other emotional issues due to online peer pressure, to look or behave in a certain way, more and more incidents are being brought into the classroom. It is important for schools to have a structured response to incidents as they may occur and a protocol of internet best practice in your school to ensure that students are learning positive netiquette, therefore ever diminishing the risk of online incidents outside the school being brought into the school. This course is designed specifically for Primary School Teachers.
In this course you will learn:
- Know the Lingo: Online Threats and Their Meaning
- Where are the Dangers?: Identifying Potential Risks to Children
- Spot the Signs: Tell Tale Signs of Cyberbullying
- Filtering Technologies & Where to Report An Issue
- How to deal with a Cyberbullying Incident
- Practical Scenarios to Roleplay
The internet is now part of our lives and is essential to how we live today. However, the internet can also be a dangerous place, especially for kids. Children are the future of the internet and how they use the internet growing up will decide how safe and positive it will be in the future.As parents, it is important that we ensure good online habits for ourselves and create a protected environment for our children to grow and enjoy. With ever-increasing issues around cyberbullying due to online peer pressure to look or behave in a certain way.Read More
These issues may emerge as mental health issues, lack of self-esteem, or in some cases much worse.Most parents did not grow up with technology and there is a general lack or limited knowledge around how it all works or what our children are actually doing on their smartphones and tablets. The main purpose of this course is to familiarize parents with the cyberworld your child is part of and through this knowledge, be better equipped to handle situations if they occur or put boundaries in place to decrease the chances of problems occurring in the first place. This course is designed specifically for parents of children at Primary School.
Upon successful completion of this Parents will have learned:
- Online Terms and their Meaning
- Identifying the Dangers
- How would I know if my child is being Cyberbullied
- Filtering Technologies for the Family
- Where and How do I report an issue Online
Read Better Program
What good is it teaching students HOW to read if they never WANT to read? We teach children WHY to read. As a parent, you probably have never had to tell your child to watch television… And you’ve probably never had to tell your child to play a video game… So why should you have to tell your child to read? Reading should be so enjoyable that children choose to do it in their free time because they love it. The more excited a child is to read, the more likely they are to read. And the more they read, the better they get. Research shows that the frequency of time spent reading for pleasure is one of the greatest indicators of how well a student performs in reading. And reading is the key to success in all areas. We are proud to partner with CyberSmarties because together we believe that building positive habits in young children is essential.
OFFICIAL AN GARDA SÍOCHÁNA ENDORSEMENT FOR SAFETY
Cybersmarties is the first company in Ireland to be awarded The An Garda Siochána (National Police Force) Patent for Safety. Following over two years of working together, Cybersmarties are working with the Garda National Protective Services Bureau on this initiative to combat the dangers of cyberbullying in a practical manner and promote positive mental health among Irish primary school children.
UNICEF/Global Partnership To End Violence Against Children
We are proud to announce we are officially a member of the UNICEF/ Global Partnership to End Violence against Children! Every year, 1+ billion children suffer violence in diverse forms: physical, psychological, sexual, and cyber-bullying. Children with hopes, dreams, and the potential to change the world. Cybersmarties are committed to contributing to the partnership in our capacity to protect children online and provide a safe haven for children to communicate together, learn and most importantly just be children.