Digital Discernment

Digital Discernment
Social media has the power to influence society, and our friends for the better. Work through scenarios and practice discernment to see through online media and problem solve for a safe and healthy online solution. Recommended for years 9 & 10.


Concepts Covered
Core Concepts

Digital Discernment: Fake and real news.

Digital Balance: Interactions on social media vs. face to face.

Supporting Concepts

Cyber Security: Always think before posting or sharing personal information online.

Cyberbullying and Respectful Relationships Online: Always think before you share your thoughts and the impact they could have on others.

Digital Identity: Positive social influence on social media

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Curriculum Aligned
  • Analyse and explain the use of symbols, icons and myth in still and moving images and how these augment meaning (ACELA1560)
  • ​Listen to spoken texts constructed for different purposes, for example to entertain and to persuade, and analyse how language features of these texts position listeners to respond in particular ways (ACELY1740)
  • Interpret, analyse and evaluate how different perspectives of issue, event, situation, individuals or groups are constructed to serve specific purposes in texts (ACELY1742)​
  • Explore and explain the combinations of language and visual choices that authors make to present information, opinions and perspectives in different texts (ACELY1745)​
  • Create interactive solutions for sharing ideas and information online, taking into account safety, social contexts and legal responsibilities (ACTDIP043)​
Health and Physical Education
  • Evaluate factors that shape identities and critically analyse how individuals impact the identities of others (ACPPS089)
  • Examine the impact of changes and transitions on relationships (ACPPS090)​
  • Investigate how empathy and ethical decision making contribute to respectful relationships (ACPPS093)
  • Evaluate situations and propose appropriate emotional responses and then reflect on possible outcomes of different responses (ACPPS094)
Technology Year 9 & 10
  • 5.3.1- justifies responsible practices and ethical use of information and software technology
  • 5.3.2- acquires and manipulates data and information in an ethical manner
  • 5.4.1- analyses the effects of past, current and emerging information and software technologies on the individual and society
Communicating with ICT
  • Students consider the ethical, social and cultural implications when Communicating with ICT. They consider the perspectives of other users and communicate with respect. They are responsible and ethical users of ICT.
Inquiring with ICT
  • Students assess the credibility of each source. They assess whether it is a reliable and valid source of information. They consider things such as the type of publication, the type of domain for example .gov or .org, the author of the publication, and the soundness and strength of the argument. Students check the accuracy of digital content by assessing whether it is well written, free from spelling mistakes and grammatically correct. They check for a bibliography and whether acceptable citations are provided.
  • Students evaluate the accuracy and objectivity of the information. They consider why the resource has been posted and who published it, for example whether it is from a political, personal or corporate website. They also determine whether the information is a balanced report or if the author is presenting a biased perspective. There is nothing inherently wrong with bias but it should be recognised.
Protecting with ICT
  • Students recognise and respect the views and perspectives of other users and comply with the responsible and ethical use of ICT. They apply appropriate protocols when using ICT to safely create, communicate or share information with known and unknown audiences.
  • Students identify current uses for and impacts of technology in society as well as recognising the rapidly evolving and dynamic nature of technology. They understand the ways in which technology is shaping the way society and workplaces function for example mobility, 24/7 access, global retailing and its possible implications for future use.
Register for Digital Discernment
Digital Thumbprint is designed to run for 45-60 minutes and is delivered by our engaging facilitators at your school. For optimal results, we recommend a workshop size of no more than 30 students.


Cyber Security
Learn what happens to your information and how to keep it secure.
Create a positive and authentic image online.
Digital Identity
Make the most of your time online – personally and professionally.
Digital Balance
Discuss the benefits of a balanced online/offline life.

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