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