The Umbrella Unit is one of 6 units within COMPASS IQ, a primary school program to safeguard kids in online & physical environments.
(for ages 4-12) sits within the IQ PROGRAMS.
IQ PROGRAMS are a whole-school educational package designed to equip kids & youth to confidently navigate hypersexualised culture and other 21st century challenges.
Umbrella in Your School Community
It’s no secret that we are in the midst of a seismic social experiment. Never before have kids been immersed in a social media world (Snapchat, Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, apps, gaming and various other platforms), where they are bombarded daily with hypersexualised pop culture images, ads, adult themed video games, and free, downloadable hardcore porn.
As access to technology widens, young people are constantly internalising messages which can affect their behaviour, expectations, brain and emotional development, confusing their understanding of healthy relationships. With technology at our fingertips, the doorway for exploitive messages swings wide to our young people.
Our children’s online safety and providing them with skills to navigate hypersexualised imagery is of vital importance, which is why a parent/carer/school partnership to address this issue is so integral. Keep reading to learn more about the Umbrella Unit.
Umbrella is a unit of content (3 lessons) for delivery by educators to children aged 6-7-years old.
Umbrella is designed to help students identify and appropriately respond to ‘safe’ and ‘unsafe’ online content. It develops students’ social and self-awareness when it comes to their online activity, as well as self-management and decision-making skills related to their own new media usage. It does this through the use of contemporary examples and metaphors that develop the students’ ability to self-regulate their online activity. Lesson activities are structured to instil self-awareness in students when it comes to navigating the ubiquitous nature of the new media landscape, including responding in protective ways to harmful and/or pornographic content.
The “umbrella” is one example used to assist students in making connections, serving as a metaphor for protection and preparedness. Students learn their need to always be prepared when they enter any new media environment. Students can then use the metaphor of the umbrella when confronted with situations such as recognising harmful online content or having the self-awareness to prevent the formation of potentially unhealthy habits.
- Students develop self-awareness regarding their online behaviour
- Students identify ‘safe’ and ‘unsafe’ online content
- Students consider the impact of safe and unsafe online activities for their own and others safety and wellbeing
- Students develop internal senses regarding safe and unsafe online behaviour
- Students practice forethought and exercise critical thinking when it comes to making ‘in the moment’ decisions
Not for Kids! Children’s Book
An activity within lesson two of the Umbrella Unit is the Not for Kids! children’s book. This exceptional resource offers gentle and insightful guidance and is a must have for parents and professionals to prepare kids under the age of 10 for the inevitable occasion of when they will see explicit imagery. Who better to step them through this than loving and vigilant-caregivers.
Milly loves to explore and learn. One day while using her friend’s phone, she sees images that make her feel sick. Milly was lucky to have a safe adult to help her through this experience and she now teaches kids that some adult behaviours can be harmful for children to see. Milly lets kids know that coming across these images is not their fault and she reminds them to always seek help from an adult if they see things that are not meant for kids eyes.
Educators wishing to read this book prior to implementing the Umbrella Unit may choose to purchase Not for Kids!
Independent Not for Kids! Book Review
Cath Hakanson empowers parents to talk to their kids about love, sex, relationships and growing up openly and honestly through online education and parent resources. Cath provides and age-by-age guide to sex education books for kids, as well as lots of other great resources. This video by Cath is an independent book review of Not for Kids!
FAQs about Umbrella
Umbrella is a unit of content (3 lessons) for delivery by educators to children aged 6-7-years old. Umbrella is designed to help children identify and appropriately respond to ‘safe’ and ‘unsafe’ online content. It develops student’s social and self-awareness when it comes to their online activity, as well as self-management and decision-making skills related to their own new media usage.
Yes!! Very soon we will release more units of content.
Umbrella is part of COMPASS IQ, a school program to safeguard kids in online & physical environments. COMPASS IQ (for ages 4-12) sits within the whole-school educational package known as IQ PROGRAMS , designed to equip kids & youth to confidently navigate hypersexualised culture and other 21st century challenges.
Sadly, yes. Pornography is available at the click of a button - it's incredibly graphic and often violent or abusive. This is having a range of impacts on children and young people (learn more about some of the research and statistics on our main page).
When kids don't know what to do, it is not uncommon for them to "internalise" those feelings. They can be scared, confused, or even act out what they have seen. It's essential that they know how to respond and where to go for help. Read more about the statistics and impacts on these websites:
During the Umbrella Unit, new concepts will be discussed. These include learning the difference between safe and unsafe people and platforms online, as well as recognising “creepy naked stuff”, defined as inappropriate online content including, but not limited to, pornography.
Every effort is made within the classroom to use simple language such as “private pictures or private movies” or “creepy naked stuff” rather than “pornography”. Children learn that private pictures or private movies might be images or videos that show people who are naked or show people’s “private” parts, which can sometimes be displayed online. Depending on the individual students within the classroom, it would not be unusual for one or more to have already seen explicit content, or be familiar with and therefore refer to “pornography” or the word “porn”.
Should this occur, Youth Wellbeing Project encourages teachers and parents not to be alarmed. There is no evidence to suggest that children would search for pornography after learning about its harms. Conversely, teaching children to recognise their early warning signs, that we all have the right to feel safe all the time, and that we can talk with someone about anything, are all protective behaviour strategies to assist children to feel safe.
Absolutely! Mapping is available to show where Umbrella aligns to the Australian National Curriculum with Health & Physical Education, Digital Technologies and General Capabilities. As other countries join us, we will work with educators to identify where the Umbrella Unit links to national education requirements.
In addition, IQ PROGRAMS reflect the Social and Emotional Learning approach advocated by CASEL, fostering self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision-making, relationship skills and social awareness.
Take a sneak peak of what's in the Umbrella Unit in the video below!
Inclusions for educators:
• Immediate online access
• 3 x 45-60-minute lessons in a comprehensive facilitator manual
• Creatively designed PowerPoint
• Lesson activities & handouts
• Parent Letters
• Comprehensive webpage for Parents & Carers of children learning the Umbrella Unit ~ provides:
- lesson content overview
- pre-lesson preparation guidance
- post-lesson discussion guidance
- links to online learning
- guidance to create a safer experience for children on all online platforms
- country specific support links
• Pre- and post-evaluation surveys
• Adjustment Guidance for Global Delivery
• Australian Supporting Resources – includes links to Australian Curriculum
• Video Training:
- 1 x webinar style video, providing an overview of Umbrella Unit and practical aspects to assist in implementation.
- 1 x short video to use in general staff meetings to create awareness and understanding of the significance and range of issues arising from children accessing pornography.
- PLUS, a yearly subscription to the Responding to Porn Culture Video Training for organisations (valued at $297) is included with the Annual Licensing. This training includes 11 videos, comprehensive notes for each section, and follow up quizzes.