DSS learns the tools for pri­vacy

Dalby Herald - - NEWS WELCOME - So­phie Volker So­phie.Volker@dal­by­her­ald. com.au

THE on­line world can be a dan­ger­ous one, but staff and stu­dents at Dalby State School were given the tools to pro­tect them­selves on­line on Tues­day.

In a ru­ral ini­tia­tive lead by the Queens­land Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion, the Data to De­liv­ery work­shops are be­ing taught in four-day clus­ters at the school to en­sure staff know how to sup­port their stu­dents’ dig­i­tal learn­ing and their pri­vacy on­line.

With the school now of­fer­ing three classes which fully de­pend on lap­top par­tic­i­pa­tion and two classes with a mix­ture of tech­nol­ogy, cy­ber safety is more im­por­tant than ever.

Prin­ci­pal Mona Anau said stu­dents and staff from all over Dalby were in­vited to the train­ing days be­cause dig­i­tal learn­ing and BYO de­vices were be­com­ing pop­u­lar for stu­dents across the re­gion.

“The real take-home mes­sage for the stu­dents was to be very con­sid­er­ate of their dig­i­tal foot­print and to re­ally think about what they do share,” Ms Anau said.

“Once things go on­line, they re­ally are there to stay and it was im­por­tant for the stu­dents to learn that,” she said.

“For the staff, it was re­ally ex­cit­ing for us to learn how to keep up with the kids’ learn­ing de­vices to bet­ter sup­port them.”

The Data to De­liv­ery clus­ter train­ing was the first of its kind in the re­gion, and Ms Anau hoped to see it con­tinue.

“Our school has in­vested a lot of fund­ing to our in­fra­struc­ture to get this pro­gram up and mov­ing, and I hope to see a rolling-out of th­ese work­shops through­out the year,” she said.

“It’s all thanks to a ru­ral ini­tia­tive by the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion and it’s re­ally in­no­va­tive for coun­try towns to have this.”

PHOTO: SO­PHIE VOLKER

KEEP­ING SAFE ON­LINE: Dalby State School stu­dents learn the im­por­tance of cy­ber safety and pri­vacy in a work­shop on Tues­day.

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