Australian Churchill Fellow Visit:

Welcome Mr. Steven Caldwell


Special Guest, Steven Caldwell is a teacher in Australia. He is here, in America, to research methods for helping students develop better habits of safety and civility online. Mr. Caldwell visited our school to talk to you about the work you are doing in this area.

Resources from Mr. Caldwell:
Mr. Caldwell's Blog
Australian CyperSmart Site



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Special Guest, Mr. Caldwell Asks:


September 27, 2010

How would you like to be perceived online?


  • I'm not really a nosy person, I don't really need to be perceived, I just stick with all of my situations.
  • famous, smart, helpful
  • I would like to be perceived as a funny, chatty and helpful person when I am online.
  • I would like to be a person who is really good in computer and I would like to be acknowledged as a person who is smart so I don't get ignored if I comment on one article.
  • I would like for people to think i am nice, trustworthy, and funny
  • As a cool nice person
  • Funny, nice, talkative
  • helpful, attractive, great, AWESOME
  • As a good person that is friendly

If I were a "Fly on the Wall" in one of YOUR online communities, what images would I see? What Would I read? What would I hear? And, what would it feel like to be there?


  • You would see my communications and plans with my friends and you would hear modern music me and my friends like. It would feel good since I have a happy group of friends
  • Find me on aim youtube hulu
  • You would probably see me checking my email, playing games, going on facebook, video chatting with my friends, or doing school work. Also I might be on the online TV website Hulu and I would be watching shows.
  • You would see all my friends' posts (sometimes they have not-so-appropriate stuff, but most of the time it's okay), and some funny pics. There's a lot of comments on everything
  • I would see images of other people i guess, I would feel spyish
  • Funny pics, funny articles feels good
  • If I am a "fly on the Wall" in one of our online communities, I would hear that my friends would often be making fun of their own friends. Secondly, I would hear what they like and what they don't like about what they are doing.
  • I do not use the computer as often as some people. But when i do go on, i usually go on aim to talk to friends, or sometimes even play games.
  • Stuff about my life
  • You would mostly see me on AIM talking to my friends and VCing. I don't have a Facebook or anything so I never go on those sites. I also don't like gossiping because there is always the chance that the person you are talking about will read everything you wrote. I also LOVE watching funny youtube videos.
  • You would see me and my friends joking around and being kids
  • See a safe environment

Describe any difference between your circle of friends in real life (F2F: face-to-face) and your circle of friends online?


  • My friends in real life and my friends online are mostly the same except some of them don't have accounts on online sites and some do. Also, some of the people I talk to online I don't talk to a lot at school.
  • "In real life its easier to make jokes
  • Online easier to gossip"
  • You don't know who they really are online until meeting them in person
  • I have other friends online that i seldom meet in real life.
  • There really is none
  • Nope :)
  • Really its all the same...
  • I can tell my friends online anything, but my friends outside, i have to be careful
  • Online, people can say things that are bad to say at real life and be a little honest
  • F2F allow friends to know each others' feelings and allow them to become more emotional. However when you are online, you wouldn't be able to communicate with emotion that your will have in the real life.
  • Yes, I have friends from far away that i met at camp, or friends from my town who i do not see everyday.
  • There is none

What are your favorite activities to do in these spaces?


  • Talk about others, Skype/IM
  • Make comments, Share music, Talk about friends, Help others with homework, Help others with problems, Introduce friends to other friends, Play single player games, Play multi-useer games, Skype/IM
  • Make comments, Like & Unlike things, Talk about school, Play games, Play single player games
  • Make comments, Like & Unlike things, Post images, Post movies, Share music, Share files, Talk about school, Talk about friends, Talk about others, Help others with homework, Help others with problems, Introduce friends to other friends, Talk about parents, Play games, Play in sims, Play in virtual worlds, Play single player games, Play multi-useer games, Skype/IM
  • Make comments
  • Make comments, Post images, Post movies, Share music, Talk about school, Talk about friends, Help others with homework, Help others with problems, Introduce friends to other friends, Play games, Play in sims, Play in virtual worlds, Play single player games,Play multi-useer games, Skype/IM
  • Search the web about the latest hardware news
  • Share music, Help others with homework, Play games, Skype/IM
  • Make comments
  • Make comments, Post images, Share music, Talk about friends, Help others with homework, Help others with problems, Introduce friends to other friends, Play single player games, Play multi-useer games, Skype/IM
  • Talk about school, Talk about friends, Help others with homework, Talk about parents, Skype/IM
  • Make comments, Like & Unlike things, Post images, Share music, Talk about school, Talk about friends, Help others with homework,
  • Skype/IM


What is the best "safety" tip you have learned about being online?

  • Know about the website that you are going and know about who you are talking when you are online.
  • Do not say any personal information such as name, address, number etc. that you do not know.
  • Always make sure people are not screen sharing when you tell some one something persone
  • Always see if somebody is screen sharing with someone else before saying something personal
  • To keep private information away from strangers
  • Never reveal any personal information.
  • Nothing really, except be careful
  • Don't tell things that are personal like your security number
  • Never share personal things that you wouldn't want other people to see and use or talk about.
  • Don't share personal info to other online people, except friends
  • You should not give your real address or an email you frequently use when you have to give your personal info.
  • Never share personal stuff and never talk to strangers


What is the best help you have gotten online for a "real life" problem?

  • Uhmm...nothing...
  • I don't get help, I help
  • With a bully at camp
  • I've never had a problem that has been solved online
  • None
  • Talk to friends
  • You can get information online.
  • What the homework was when I forgot
  • Sometimes i ask for advice
  • I have never had a problem
  • I haven't really gotten any
  • I haven't gotten help


What help have YOU offered other people online?

  • Life fights etc
  • A lot listening to fights, helping people etc
  • Be friend
  • I never offered other people any help.
  • I have given various advice
  • When people are upset about something that happened at school or with another friend I help them by telling them that it will be ok.
  • Nothing maybe homework
  • My friend.... was staying home alone and she did not want to be alone and i stayed online with her
  • +100 XP, energy boost, help in battle with other cities, gold, resources, all of the above are from multi-user game networks
  • Advice with problems with other people
  • Talk to people that they are having trouble with online, in real life.
  • Yes, kinda personal


Read Mr. Caldwell's Blog about his visit with you.

I'm sure he would love to hear your comments.

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Watch Mr. Caldwell's Voicethread about his Fellowship: