Age Restrictions for Social Media Platforms

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This is a friendly reminder, that social media based apps are not suitable or on the approved core app list. Please see the table below which details the required age to create an account for. If you currently have these apps, you will need to remove them from your device as they are not aligned with our digital citizenship student contracts.

If you have any questions, please see the Information Literacy Team.

App Age
Twitch 12 years
Instagram 13 years
Snapchat 13 years
Facebook 13 years 16 years 17 years
Vine 17 years
YouTube Accounts 18 years


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Adding PHOTOS in Skooville

You can choose to add a photo from the market or upload one of your own or even sell your photos to make some coins.

If buying from the market you’ll need to make sure you have enough coins to buy the image or you’ll have to select free only. Free only images have a yellow star on them. To buy you’ll need to do a search for the image you are looking for, select the image you’d like and click buy image. Skooville will then ask you if you are certain and if you are press buy. The image will appear on your page and in your library.


If uploading your own photos please make sure they are yours as it falls under the copyright laws and you do need to tick a box agreeing that the photo is yours or you have permission from the owner to use it. The same applies for selling a photo for coins, you need to tick the agreement, decide how many to sell and for what price. You can use your photos once they have been uploaded. All photos being uploaded go to the mediators for approval. If approved you are sent an alert.

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If you wish to put your photos on the market to sell to get coins you need to click on the yes box and then decide how many copies you wish to sell and at what price. Think carefully about the price you choose as having something at 100 coins probably won’t sell, but having your image priced at 10 coins or under just might sell multiple copies and earn you the coins you need.


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kahoot logo_purpleThis week we used Kahoot! to test how much the grade fours had learned about cybersafety and being a digital citizen. After learning about cybersafety and digital citizenship for the past four weeks it was time to put their knowledge to the test. Kahoot! was just a fun way to take the test. What is Kahhoot?

Kahoot! is a free game-based learning platform that makes it fun to learn – any subject, in any language, on any device, for all ages!  A Kahoot is a collection of questions on specific topics. Created by teachers, students, business-people and social users, they are asked in real-time, to an unlimited number of “players”, creating a social, fun and game-like learning environment.  Firstly you select your Kahoot!, enter the game pin and your name and then select answers using the four buttons on your screen. Results can be downloaded to see how each grade and student went.

Our Kahoot! was based on digital citizenship. There were 11 questions and it allowed each player 90 seconds to read and choose from four multiple choice options. As well as be visible on the TV screen, I read the question out before the grade fours we either allowed to answer or reread the question. Here’s a sample of the types of questions they were asked…

When I say something online in class or at home, I should:

  • a) Say whatever I want
  • b) Ask a teacher or parent about what’s OK to say online
  • c) Use a fake name if I want to say anything hurtful
  • d) Do whatever everyone else is doing – if it’s fine for everyone, it’s fine for me

If I can tell someone is being bullied online:

  • a) I should just stay away from it – I don’t want to be the next!
  • b) Ignore it if I don’t like who’s being bullied anyway.
  • c) Think about what it would feel like if it was happening to me or my best friend and get help.
  • d) Why does it matter? A bit of bullying toughens you up.

It was really pleasing to see the grade fours had been taking in what I had been saying and what they had been learning over the past four week. The results were very positive and I hope they use what they have learnt to continue to create positive digital footprints and be good digital citizens 🙂

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Skooville Page

Over the next couple of weeks on Skooville the grade fours are going to create a personal page about themselves that does not reveal too much personal information using all the digital citizenship information they have learnt over the last few weeks. To start…

  1. Go to ME section and click ‘start my site’
  2. Add a page then click the name of the page to edit (the page will be named untitled at first, you can change this by clicking ‘page settings’ on the page itself).
  3. Explore how to add different items (emoticons, images, links) and how to format text on the page.
  4. Change backgrounds and layouts to suit

The page needs to have nine boxes and each box needs to have a photo/picture and at 3-4 sentences telling us about it and what it means to you. Here’s a sample of my page that’s not finished to give you an idea of what I’m expecting. Remember you do have three sessions to complete this page and publish it so I’m expecting something AMAZING… 

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Getting Started…

This week we spent sometime navigating Skooville again. It did take awhile to sort out usernames and passwords and add our new students, but finally all the grade fours are on and can continue the accounts they created last year or for the newcomers create a new one.

After making sure each child had an avatar and an icon I turned the teaching over to the students. Some lucky students got to remind their peers and teach the newcomers some of the skills they learnt last year. Things such as making friend requests, accepting friend requests, sending cards, and starting conversations in TALK.

It was great to see so many students wanting to step up and teach 🙂

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It’s time for Skooville again…

It’s time to take another look at SKOOVILLE

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Skooville provides schools and parents with a safe alternative for their children to learn how to become resilient, caring and proactive cybercitizens.

I found this article by Annabel Rook, the Skooville Education Manager UK and I thought it might help to explain why we choose to use the program as part of our cybersafety unit.

‘Skooville has been built from the ground up with online safety and teaching safe online practices being the primary concern. It was designed by educators, for children and schools to teach eSafety in and out of the classroom. Skooville is a social network where children learn in a safe community of 6-14 year olds.

Teachers use Skooville in the classroom to teach digital literacy, introducing students to essential web skills in a fun learning environment. Children can also explore independently, taking part in a range of educational activities, games and projects. Skooville provides children with what is often their first experience of a social network, giving them essential skills and behaviours to navigate their online lives.

As well as providing a safe online haven for children to play, have fun and learn (always under the watchful eyes of our moderators), Skooville is uniquely successful in developing each child’s ‘moral compass’, their ability to be able to discern and choose the ‘right way’ to behave online. Not only does the site provide incentives for good online behaviour, but each time a child makes a mistake our moderators are there to help them empathise, adjust and to make better, more informed choices. Skooville enables children to grow into safe, respectful and more responsible members of their online worlds.’ – is SKOOVILLE safe for children?

What is…Today’s world is full of exciting technology to help families’ daily lives and provide opportunities for children’s future. But how do you find out what’s suitable, safe or educational? At parents can ask questions about the technology their children are using, reply to others with answers, and get great advice from like minded parents and our knowledgeable experts.

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How CYBERSMART are you?

This week the grade fours will be taking a quiz from the esafety website about staying safe online. The quiz addresses the key issues of:

  • cyberbullying
  • online security
  • sharing passwords
  • free downloads
  • online friends

Sam is there to guide you through 11 questions about staying safe online. You will need to decide which answer you would like to select from the ones provided. Good luck guys!

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Here’s an example of the type of question you will find in the quiz…

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Digital Footprint and Digital Citizen Posters

This week we looked at what it took to be a good digital citizen and how to create a positive digital footprint. We talked about what a digital citizen was and how and what to do to create a positive footprint.

From the information the fours created a poster displaying this information. They were able to choose which poster they wanted to create – either digital citizen or digital footprint.

The information we used for being a good digital citizen was…

  • every day I am building my digital footprint.
  • I think before I share.
  • my comments posted online are meaningful and respectful.
  • I give the right kind of credit sources.
  • I always keep my password safe.

and the information we used for a positive digital footprint was based on the 5P’s…

  • Profile: only use your first name. Do not give out any personal information.
  • Permission: make sure you have permission to view and share information online.
  • Privacy: keep your passwords and personal details private
  • Positive: make sure the information you share is positive
  • Protect: keep evidence and don’t bully back

Here’s a selection of posters that made the display board…

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Understanding CYBER SAFETY…

To help the grade fours understand cyber safety a little better we had a discussion about the following objects and what they might represent when it came to staying safe online. The objects were: a lock, a photo of a grandparent, a marker pen, a box of bandaids, a measuring tape, a key, soap, toothpaste, a sifter/strainer, a crumpled piece of paper, a notebook/journal, a toothbrush, a magnifying glass and tattoos. Each object had a message for the grade fours and hopefully now that they have a visual reminder it will make them stop and THINK before they post, accept or click when online…

After talking to the grade fours about cyber safety it was really pleasing to know they had a good understanding of how to stay safe online. They came up with some good ideas when talking about what each object might represent and be used for in relation to cyber safety. This led to further discussion and showed there are always a few things we can still reinforce and remind them of…

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