anglican focus

The news site of the Anglican Church Southern Queensland: nourishing and connecting our faith community

Beyond Safer Internet Day 2019


Cyber Safety and Digital Wellbeing Advocate and former child-protection detective Steve Window helps us to keep youth safe online with the ‘4Rs’

Print article

On Safer Internet Day 2019 on 5 February, the Anglican Schools Commission hosted an online event with the Office of the eSafety Commissioner (OESC) for Anglican school students in Years 4-6. 11 schools participated in the event across Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. The session targeted the ‘4Rs’ of cyber safety: respect, responsibility, resilience and reasoning. These are the tenets for everyday digital life and here are a few tips to help you.


Remember the ‘Golden Rule’ to show others respect and you will earn their respect. Be polite and use good manners when you post, comment or send a message. The proverb, ‘If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all’, also holds true in the online world, including on social media. Negative and demeaning social media comments have ‘no class’.

You can show ‘class’ online by:

The government’s eSafety website has a range of helpful resources if you would like more information, including I respect differences.


Take ownership of what you say and where you leave digital footprints. There is no such thing as true anonymity online and your actions may be traced back to you.

Taking responsibility includes:

The government’s eSafety website has a range of helpful resources if you would like more information, including on I am responsible.


Walk your own path online and soar with the BIRDS:

Helpful online resources include the OESC’s I get back up.


Question it. Don’t believe everything online, as a lot of content has no fact checking. You can think about the five W’s to conduct online searches to determine who, what, where, when and why it was posted?

Verify it. Check the content and ask if it is:

Source it. Check the source, date and author’s credentials, and look at the URL, location and companies (where does it come from?).

Helpful online resources include the OESC’s I question things.

For more Cyber ‘BYTES’ visit the Anglican Schools Commission website.

The next Anglican Schools Commission Event is on Friday 15 March 2019, supporting the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence: Cyberbullying no way!


St Hilda’s School students

More Features stories

Loading next article