Teaching Digital Citizenship using Social Media

Karina Barley
Taking education into the 21st Century
Online safety is a 21st Century issue. Do you know how to be a online mentor & role model? Learn how your students can create a positive & responsible online presence.
Target Audience
Upper Primary Teachers, Secondary Teachers, Principals, Assistant Principals
7 reviews

Learning Areas

Teaching Standards

General Description

Teenagers are among the most prolific users of Social Media, with some statistics suggesting that up to 95 per cent of teens with access to the Internet are using one or more forms of social media. Like or loathe it, there is no escaping that social media is intrinsic to the teenage life, so the natural progression is that to include the use of social media into Curriculum.
Just as we teach students about social values, personal and community safety, and how to prepare for the world outside of school, it’s increasingly vital that we teach students how to use social media positively, respectfully and safely.
This course explores the ‘do’s and don’ts’ of Social Media, including the negatives and positives of using Social Media. You will learn about how to create a socially connected classroom; how to teach your students to be respectful of each other online; how to teach students to protect their online identity and reputation; how to ward off cyber bullying; and how to build an online Curriculum Vitae that can set your students up for future employment.
By taking this course, you will be better prepared to support your student’s online activities so that they will be protected, safe and prepared. You will learn to be a mentor and role model who fosters positive and appropriate online experiences that set’s your students up for the future.


Upper Primary Teachers, Secondary Teachers, Principals, Assistant Principals

Available Delivery Formats

Format Description

A normal online course is delivered over 1-12 weeks and is worth from 3-12 PDhrs depending on the course content and its objectives. Participants will not need to take time off, the course date is the START date only, end dates will be advertised with course hours. Learn more HERE.

Getting Online

Please note that this is an Online learning format and we use the platform Open Learning. You have 4 weeks to complete the course and can do at your own pace within the start and end dates (advertised). There are no set times where you have to attend any webinars etc, everything you need will be within the Open Learning Platform. If you have any problems navigating Open Learning please contact either admin@tta.edu.au or Karen Barley and we will do anything we can to assist you.

This course contributes to 6.0 professional development hours.


Start Date Location Availability Price    
10/05/2017 Online Places available $269 + GST Enrol Now
16/08/2017 Online Places available $269 + GST Enrol Now
31/10/2017 Online Places available $269 + GST Enrol Now


Social Media - Overview

30 minutes

What is Social Media?
What types of Social Media is out there?
What are the statistics for student use of Social Media?
Overview of Positives and Negatives.

Online, including Video, articles, activities.

Cyber Safety

1 hour and 30 minutes

Cyber Bullying
Being Social Media Savvy
Be aware of sexual predators

Know how to secure your privacy & security settings.

What NOT to post!!!!
Mind Your Status
Lock Your Online Door.

Online, including Video, articles, activities.

How You Can be a Social Media Mentor & Role Model

45 minutes

Integrating Social Media into your daily Classroom Activities
Why should we integrate Social Media?
Using What Students are Familiar with
Through daily use, you role model positive online behaviour

Online, including Video, articles, activities.

Using Social Media as Academic Tools

1 hour and 30 minutes

The possibilities for Academic use:
Facebook & Twitter
YouTube, Vimeo – Using Video channels to share ideas, lessons, learning and for collaboration

Using Pinterest to share ideas and demonstrate learning

Google + - to Collaborate on Group projects

Use Zoom, Skype or Google Hangouts to teach and learn

Online, including Video, articles, activities.

Creating a Positive Social Presence

1 hour and 30 minutes

Understanding that potential employers are more and more turning to Social Media to ‘check’ on candidates.
Linkedin – Use this Social Media network to create an evolving online Curriculum Vitae & Portfolio
Pinterest – store work, art work, ideas, articles, blogs etc. All of this can be referenced so that potential employers could view work.
Teaching students to create an online social presence that they can be proud of.
Slideshare – Use slideshare to create digital portfolios.

Online, including Video, articles, activities.

Overview & Review

15 minutes

Review of Course
Identify possible future professional development.

User Rating


Latest Reviews

Please note the feedback listed here is unfiltered, and includes all comments and ratings collected.

Teaching Digital Citizenship using Social Media
by Sarah Wicham on 04/01/2016

Excellent content and very relevant to today’s generation; essential information for teachers of today’s students. Karina is also a great facilitator and offers frequent guidance and feedback.

Teaching Digital Citizenship using Social Media
by Esther Dharmanto on 04/01/2016

The course is excellent and useful. The course combines the strategies on how to use Social Media as educational tools and how to use them safely. Therefore, teachers
Are more confident to use Social Media in the teaching and learning process.

Teaching Digital Citizenship using Social Media
by Maja Tancheski on 14/12/2015

I encourage teachers to complete this course as it all about the changing world when in comes to technology in the classroom and Social Media. It covered not only how students use Social Media, but also our uses and how important it is to develop a positive digital footprint. I had so much fun completing this course! Thank you to Karen Barley and her team!

Teaching Digital Citizenship using Social Media
by Priyadharsani Sharma on 20/10/2015

I really enjoyed this course. It is relevant to teaching today and provided some great information on the way that Social Media can be used in our lessons. I also really liked viewing the videos to see people who have already implemented some of these tools and how they go about using them.

Teaching Digital Citizenship using Social Media
by Cassandra Pearce on 19/10/2015

Overall easy to follow and very informative.

Teaching Digital Citizenship using Social Media
by Nigel Sackar on 06/10/2015

I found the course really helpful with my plan to structure a cyber safety course for the pastoral system at my school. While I already knew some of the content, it had some great resources which I plan to utilise.

Teaching Digital Citizenship using Social Media
by Tim Pulo on 06/10/2015

Course provided some good options and strategies that could be used to implement ICT in the classroom In a safe and meaningful way.

About the team

Karina Barley


Karen Barley is an internationally recognized educational consultant specializing in the needs of children with autism and their families. She has over 25 years of expertise as an educator, private one-on-one consultant, course developer and educational technology specialist.
Karen is especially successful connecting with children who have autism and creating behavioral, sensory and educational strategies that help children reach their full potential. Her highly personable style, combined with extensive research, knowledge and firsthand experience of the needs of children with autism, makes her extremely effective and innovative in tailoring individual solutions for families and their schools. Using new and existing approaches Karen integrates her pioneering work with iPad technology to create differentiated educational programs where children with autism can consistently experience success while learning.

In addition, Ms. Barley is an accomplished and engaging, sought after public speaker and teacher trainer. She has shared her significant insights and knowledge on such subjects as, Technology in Education, Technology and Autism, Autism Awareness, 21st Century Learning, Technology and Curriculum Development and other subjects in the United States, Australia and as a keynote guest speaker for international face to face and online conferences.

She is now undertaking her PHD and is a sessional teacher at Monash University.