Cybersmart Presentation

On Tuesday Lesley from the Cybersmart section of  ACMA (Australian Communications and Media Authority) came to Upper Plenty Primary School to talk to us about Internet safety.


The Cybersmart Website


Lesley told us lots of different ways to make sure we stay safe when we are online.  She reminded us that you should never have a password that involves your name, pet’s name, birthdate or anything that is easy to guess.  Did you know that the top three passwords in 2012 were:

1. password

2. 123456

3. 12345678

These passwords are way too easy to guess.  Last year the most popular password for primary school girls was ‘One Direction’.  If you want to use One Direction as your password you should change it to something like ‘1Dyrec!shun’ so it is hard for someone else to guess.  Strong passwords should have a combination of capital and lower case letters, numbers and dots or dashes.  Remember to keep your password safe and don’t tell anyone your password or ask to know anyone else’s password.

It is also important to only play games and use apps that are suited for your age range.  Some primary school kids are on Facebook but hardly any are 13 years old and that is the age that you have to be to use Facebook legally.  It’s also important not to check in online because it shows that you are not home so burglars can rob your house.  Your Mum and Dad won’t be too happy about that!

Lesley also taught us how to spot scams.  If it is something that you have signed up for and they send you a ‘Hi There’ email instead of using your name, it could be a scam.  Delete it. 

It’s also important not to become friends with people online if you haven’t met them in real life.  Lesley told us a story about a man who pretended to be a 16 year old boy.   Some of us play games online where we talk to people.  If you do, never say your surname, where you live, mobile number, school, birthdate or any other information which could give your identity away.  That is all secret information.  If someone says LMIRL it means Let’s Meet in Real Life and you have to say NO!

In our next post we will be talking about what to do if someone sends you something mean or you see something inappropriate online.

What is your number 1 tip for being safe online?


Maths Online & Mathletics

This week we are focusing on two maths websites that the ICT Captains use and like.

Cameron interviewed Tyler about Maths Online, a program that Tyler really enjoys using.

What’s Maths online?

It is a great website because it shows you a video of Maths problems. The picture below shows one of the videos.

What videos have you watched recently?

There are lots of different videos you can watch.  I watched one on doubles and multiplication.

Are there any things you would change about the site?

The only bad thing about the site is that you have to register and pay.  But, I think it’s a good thing to do in your own time at home.

Tyler interviewed Cameron about another maths website…

So, what if you don’t want to pay for a maths site? 

You could go on Mathletics which is paid for by the school.  Everyone at UPPS has a username and password that they can use at school and home.

What is Mathletics?

It’s a maths site where your teachers set tasks for you so you can practise things you have learnt.   Or, you can do live Mathletics with people around the globe and practise your fluency answering addition and subtraction problems.

What is your favourite maths website?

Do you know any other great maths sites?