Digital Issues and the nature of schooling in the digital age

The digital world has opened a plethora of opportunities and with the opportunities come  several digital issues too. This blog explores the negative aspects of the digital world including cyber bullying, scams, identity theft, cookies, internet based fraud etc and how the nature of schooling can enable young children to be careful users of digital technology.

Cyber bullying is a major issue faced by the student community. Students can be made aware of how to recognise and deal with cyber bullying. Identity theft is another major digital issue. It is the type of fraud involving stealing money using personal details of another person. The office of the Children’s e-safety commissioner has a good guide about eSafety issues and how to protect personal information online (Australian Government, n.d.). Cybercrimes are on the increase in the modern world and schools in the digital age can play a major role in helping children, from being victims of cybercrimes.

Image saying No to Cyber Bullying, as seen on the Pixabay website (n.d.)

The Australian Government has listed balancing online time, online gaming, offensive or illegal content, sexting, trolling and sharing of photos and videos safely on social media, as the digital issues under eSafety information (Australian Government, n.d.).There is a lot of information on this online resource for parents, students and the public giving practical advice on each type of digital issue and how to avoid getting into major issues. Poster presentation is an effective method which can be used in schools to make students become aware of the issues involved and English teachers play a major role in fostering the creative writing skills of students with the added advantage of sending though an effective message to the community.

The nature of schooling has changed with the use of technology. Different schools and different countries are at different levels of technology usage. Schools in Australia unlike schools in Singapore ,New Zealand etc have only around five years of using formal technology in classrooms.  Schools can create a digitally rich atmosphere in a collaborative manner with the use of limited resources. Flipped Classrooms are created when classes are recorded and students get the opportunity to learn the concepts by viewing them at their convenient time, as many times as they want(Howell, 2014). Students require guidance from teachers and parents about how to protect their digital identity and digital reputation. Skills necessary to make students be mindful users of the digital media can be taught in schools. Awareness videos like the one given below can be used by schools to raise awareness in kids in schools .

Cyber crime awareness video as seen on You Tube (Fatal Netcode, 2015, Oct 24)

The learning Technologies overview of the Australian Curriculum which is awaiting final endorsement ,envisages creating digital solutions and problem solving skills.Students will apply the skills which will meet their legal and cultural safety and responsibilities(Australian Curriculum, (n.d. para 8).


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Fatal Netcode.(2015,Oct 24).Cybercrime awareness video [Video file].Retrieved from

Howell,J.(2014). Living and learning in the digital world Mod 3 Week11[iLecture]. Retrieved from 4a01-93d6-2d9462252547

Howell,J.(2014).Living and learning in the digital world Mod 3 Week 9 [iLecture].Retrieved from

Pixabay. (n.d.). Say no to cyber bullying [image]. Retrieved from

Pixabay.(n.d.).Smartphone training [image]. Retrieved from           




Digital Identities and Security

Creation of a digital identity and the use of digital media in a secure manner is a vital topic in the modern world. Each individual has the freedom and responsibility to create an identity for themselves in the digital world. This blog post explores in brief about how to be mindful while creating a digital identity and how to explore the digital world while maintaining a feeling of security.

Individuals can have two types of digital identity- a personal identity and a public digital identity (Howell,2014). While using the social media, care should be taken to deliberately filter the information that can go public and that which could be more beneficial if kept private. Conscious effort could be made to keep a ‘me’ space, ‘we’ space and a ‘see’ space. ‘Me’ space refers to the personal and private space, ‘we’ space is what information can be shared between friends and family and ‘see’ space is what can be seen by the public.Digital identity contains a personal collection of data which remains permanent. Maintaining an e-portfolio helps in making a deliberate effort to enhance your digital identity by filtering the information which could remain online for several years and still give a positive outlook. The term digital footprint is used to refer to the information that is left behind permanently in the digital media.

Schools and parents have a responsibility to create a safe environment for children by creating awareness of being safe in the digital world.The importance of creating a positive digital footprint is presented in a project by the Moore Public Schools (2016, April 25). Most of the students interviewed belonging to the upper secondary level, were users of Instagram, twitter and  snapchat. Students could be monitored by parents and teachers and given corrective advice . Students could be made aware of the dangerous impacts of sexting and cyber bullying. Schools can have poster making activities on infographic web tools like Piktochart , where students research on cyber bullying and digital security issues and make posters like the one given below.

Poster created by Roopa on Piktochart

A person who uses digital technology sends out information and receives information.Children can be victims of cyber bullying even in schools and this makes it more important to think about the safe practices that can be taught to students. Students can be taught safer habits of using digital technology  and this can be achieved through developing digital fluency( Howell, 2014).

The Australian Digital Technologies curriculum gives opportunities for students to “Work with others to create and organise ideas and information using information systems, and share these with known people in safe online environments (ACTDIP006)” (Australian Curriculum, n.d.). So parents can rest assured that the Australian schools have developed the digital technology curriculum to encourage students to use technology in a safe environment.

Interesting links on the topic of digital identity and security



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Howell,J.(2014).Living and learning in the digital world [iLecture]. Retrieved from

Howell,J.(2014). Living and learning in the digital world [iLecture].Retrieved from

Moore Public Schools. (2016,April 25).Think twice -your digital footprint matters [Video file].Retrieved from

Pixabay.(n.d.) Digital security.[image].Retrieved from

Pixabay.(n.d.) Cyber Bullying.[image].Retrieved from

Whiteville, R (2016). Cyber-bullying poster. [image]. Retrieved from