Gold Coast youngsters more cyber aware

GOLD Coast students are learning to become safe and respectful digital citizens to mark Global Community Service Day.

McAfee in partnership with Life Education’s Mobile Learning Centre will visit Year 4 students at Saint Stephen’s College to run through the bCyberwise and It’s Your Call online safety modules. The modules are designed to equip students with the knowledge required to use the internet and social media safely.

The partnership provides a vehicle for McAfee employees to visit classrooms and parent education nights to teach parents and kids about cyber safety (featured picture courtesy of


The Life Education mobile learning along with cyber safety mascot, Healthy Harold the giraffe, and McAfee’s Chief Technology Officer, Sean Duca, are visiting the school to teach kids about how to stay safe online.

“Its important to start cyber education at a young age I feel incredibly proud that we have such a broad reach through a program that is seeing a true impact and influence on the digital lives of young kids, says Sean Duca, Chief Technology Officer, McAfee, part of Intel Security.

“In our increasingly digitally connected world, online communication poses both benefits and risks for children and there is a real need for education on what is ok to share, not to share, who is safe to talk to and what is respectful behaviour to others online,” he says.

Today, at Saint Stephen’s College, that partnership has reached a milestone of 150,000 school children across Australia via the bCyberwise and It’s Your Call cyber safety modules.

Saint Stephen’s College is at the forefront of developments in cyber safety education and bCyberwise helps the school boost an already proactive cyber awareness education program.

“At Saint Stephen’s College we believe in a holistic education. In conjunction with our rich pastoral care program and the circle solutions we use to facilitate our lessons, we incorporate Life Education Australia to discuss physical and social health,” says Saint Stephen’s College teacher, Richard Smith.

“Our students, from the child care centre through to graduating Year 12s, are continually taught about choices. Choices in everyday life, in our world today, involve a wide range of multimedia. It is our belief that with such a major focus on pastoral care, in its many forms, we are helping to create global citizens who have the skills to live in an ever-changing world,” continued Smith.

Michael Fawsitt, CEO Life Education Queensland said, “The bCyberwise program helps develop core life skills such as building positive and respectful relationships online, communicating effectively and making decisions in social situations. These are all fundamental to the promotion of cyber safety and we look forward to witnessing the benefits for the children first hand.”

bCyberwise is an extension of the current Life Education program which currently reaches over 620,000 primary school children across Australia, and has been designed in partnership with McAfee using their expertise in security to create relevant content on the real risks students face today in the online world.

The new bCyberwise module was taught using engaging presentations, videos, discussion, problem solving and role play and will provide an opportunity for young students to learn and practice core life skills in three categories: cyber safety, cyber security and cyber ethics (responsible online behaviour).

Other schools that wish to find out more and elect the modules can do so by contacting Life Education in their state or territory.