Theme

Cybercrime and the Law

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An understanding of the Civics and Citizenship concepts is developed through a focus on Australia’s democracy and legal system. The teaching ideas in this resource assist students to gain knowledge and understanding of how Australia’s legal system aims to provide justice, through the rule of law. Links to curriculum code: ACHCK050

An understanding of the Civics and Citizenship concepts is developed through a focus on how citizens can participate in Australia’s democracy, including use of the electoral system, contact with their elected representatives, use of lobby groups, and direct action.
Links to curriculum code: ACHCK062

An understanding of the Civics and Citizenship concepts is developed through a focus on how Australia’s legal system works to support a democratic and just society. The teaching ideas in this resource assist students to gain knowledge and understanding regarding the key principles of Australia’s justice system, including equity before the law, independent judiciary, right to appeal and the factors that can undermine the application of the principles of justice.
Links to curriculum code: ACHK078

An understanding of the Civics and Citizenship concepts is developed through a focus on what are the features of a resilient democracy. The teaching ideas in this resource assist students to gain knowledge and understanding regarding the challenges to and ways of sustaining a resilient democracy and cohesive society. Links to curriculum code: ACHCK094

Introduction

Specific lessons in this theme can also be used to support the teaching of lower secondary Digital Technologies, The Arts (Media Arts), Health & Physical Education and English content.

A number of the activities in this resource link to the eSafety Commissioner’s website. Crime Stoppers Australia would like to acknowledge the important work carried out by the eSafety Commissioner to empower Australians to have a more positive and safe online experience.

Learning Intentions

Resource Focus

Community safety and wellbeing is enhanced when individuals understand the law and take action to prevent crime.

This resource provides students in years 7-10 with the opportunity to explore what a digital citizen is and how Australia’s democracy, and other democracies, may be undermined by cybercrime. It explores the safeguards that individuals and governments can put into place to protect Australia’s and individual’s democratic online rights.

Please note that some students may have experienced negative themes explored in this resource. It is important that the teacher, prior to teaching the resource, knows where student support is within the school and community, and provides this information to students prior to teaching the themes.

If teachers wish to access professional learning to support teaching online safety, eSafety provides a free professional learning program which covers the latest online safety research, case studies and teaching strategies to help educators integrate online safety into their programs and student wellbeing planning.

Students Understand:

  • What it means to be a digital citizen
  • That technology can facilitate criminal activity
  • How to interpret cybercrime statistics
  • How to be cyber safe
  • How to recognise fake news
  • Cybercrime and the law

Lesson Ideas

Further Student Enquiry

  • Students explore more strategies for identifying fake news and then play the video role-play game The Lost Summer (see links below). Students experience the futuristic community of South Coast City complete quests and face challenges like conflicts on social media, cyber-attacks, and fake news. Teacher resources and support are provided here. The student portal is provided here.
  • Students explore The Internet and the Law in more depth using the following eSafety Commissioner activity.
  • Students identify and discuss the international impact of Covid 19 pandemic on cybercrime using an Interpol fact sheet.
  • Students explore and discuss current e-safety campaigns and resources on State and Territory Crime Stoppers websites.
  • The ThinkUKnow website provides a range of parent, carer, teacher and student resources focusing on the prevention of online child sexual exploitation. Select a topic relevant to your student group and request a presentation.

Assessment

Formative

  • Students write their own digital citizenship classroom manifesto.
  • Students write their own definition and give examples of cybercrime.
  • Conduct a class discussion about whether cybercrime legislation will need to change as technology improves and why this will be required?
  • Conduct a class discussion about the role media can play to highlight the importance of e-safety.
  • Students explain why, as good citizens, people should report cybercrimes through Crime Stoppers and/or the eSafety Commissioner.

Summative

  • Many of the activities in the lesson ideas can be used for summative assessment.
  • Students present, in an appropriate format, their responsibilities as a digital citizen and how these reflect agreed Australian values.
  • Students present, in an appropriate format, their understanding of the impacts of cybercrime on Australians and what action is being taken to protect Australian’s democratic online rights.
  • Students present, in an appropriate format, their understanding of how to be cyber safe.
  • Students present, in an appropriate format, their views on how our legal system both protects citizens against technology crime and requires them to be active digital citizens.

Stay Tuned

Stay Tuned!

SAPOL’s (South Australian Police) State Community Engagement Section and Special Crimes Investigation Branch have developed a novel and exciting virtual reality experience Beware What You Share to help South Australian school children above the age of 7 make smarter choices online. The interactive computer-generated experience immerses the user in real scenarios they may encounter online and presents different options on how to respond, prompting them to think about what they are sharing. It simulates how easily strangers may pose as friends or peers to innocently source personal details or inappropriate images. Have a look at the promotion video.

If South Australian teachers wish to find out more about the project or to register their interest, please contact: Cybercrime Training and Prevention Section South Australia Police T: 8172 5718 or 8172 5025 E: Jonathon.Newman@police.sa.gov.au | Martin.French@police.sa.gov.au | David.Mitchell@police.sa.gov.au