Tuesday, 7 February, 2023

Making the Internet safer for kids and adults; the Grammy’s GOAT and EGOT; and a history-making 12-year-old street skater.


eSafety Commission’s Safer Internet Day info: https://www.esafety.gov.au/newsroom/whats-on/safer-internet-day-2023 

A crook nollie flip (slow motion): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-I83er-S28

Meet Chloe Covell: https://olympics.com/en/video/meet-australian-skateboarding-prodigy-chloe-covell

Dig Deeper: 

Safer Internet Day classroom resources (middle and upper primary): https://www.esafety.gov.au/educators/classroom-resources?level%5B0%5D=5&level%5B1%5D=6&level%5B2%5D=7 

eSafety’s Connect. Reflect. Protect. Poster: https://www.esafety.gov.au/sites/default/files/2023-01/Poster%20A3%20-%20Simple%20ways%20you%20can%20connect%20reflect%20protect.pdf 

Set up parental controls on Apple devices: https://support.apple.com/en-au/HT201304 

Set up parental controls on Android devices: https://support.google.com/families/answer/7103028?hl=en 

More about Chloe Covell: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qonhEUQWfto

Follow chlo_the_flo on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chlo_the_flo/?hl=en

Why you should read Charles Dickens (TedEd): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5czA_L_eOp4 

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Rosie’s Recipes: Next Level Nachos: https://www.squizkids.com.au/rosies-recipes/next-level-nachos/


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The internet is an awesome thing. We can use it to communicate with billions of people… we can look up information on just about anything… we can watch videos, make videos, listen to music, make our own music. I don’t have to tell you how cool it is.

But, we all know that the Internet also has its problems. For example, almost half of all Aussie kids said in a survey that they had been treated in a hurtful or nasty way online in the past year. And it’s not just kids – a different survey found that two thirds of adults had a negative experience online. So today, in more than 200 countries around the world, people are celebrating Safer Internet Day—a day to stop and think about how we can all work together to create the best online conditions for everyone. 

The theme this year is connect, reflect, and protect. I’ve put a link to a poster from the eSafety Commission that explains each of these in detail, but basically, it’s all about using common sense. For example, when you connect with people online in a game, keep your personal information private. Don’t tell them where you live.  Reflect before you act – ask someone before you post a photo of them online. And if you see a friend needing help online, protect them and take action. 

Come to think of it, that’s all a lot like Squiz-E the Newshound’s advice to stop, think, and check. Bryce talked to eSafety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant a month or two ago about everything Squiz Kids and the commission are doing to help keep kids safe online. I’ll pop that chat at the end of this episode, in case you missed it. 



Yesterday was the first day of the federal parliamentary year – and it started dramatically, with Victorian Senator Lidia Thorpe quitting the Greens party. Ms Thorpe, who is indigenous, was once deputy leader of the Greens. She said that she would continue to vote with the Greens on climate, but wanted to be free to take different positions on indigenous issues, including the Voice to Parliament. We’re working on a Squiz Kids Shortcut to the Voice now, so watch this space. 



Each day we give the world globe a spin and find a news story from wherever it stops – and today we’ve landed in the American state of Michigan, where a hungry six year old has proven that it’s not just kids who need to protect themselves on the internet. A man called Keith Stonehouse handed his mobile to his young son, Mason, so that Mason could play a game before bedtime. And Keith learned the lesson that every parent must eventually face: kids are way better at technology than grownups think they are. 


In the space of a few minutes, Mason had ordered around $1500 worth of food on a delivery app. It was only when jumbo shrimp, salads, chicken pita sandwiches, chilli cheese fries and more started arriving at the front door, that Keith realised what had happened. 


So, parents, if you want Safer Internet Day to also be Safer Bank Account day – you’ll either need to supervise your kids online, or set up some parental controls to block certain apps. I’ll leave some links in your episode notes if you need help. 



Music history was made yesterday, when Beyonce won her 32nd Grammy award—more than any other artist in history. With four more Grammy’s added to her collection this year, Queen Bee is now officially the GOAT of the Grammy’s. GOAT, of course, standing for Greatest Of All Time. 


As well as featuring a GOAT, these Grammy’s also crowned an EGOT. That stands for Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony. 


Emmys are TV awards, Oscars are of course for movies, and Tonys are awarded for work on plays. And when Viola Davis won a Grammy for best audiobook, she joined a very small group of multitalented EGOTs. The star won an Oscar for the movie Fences, an Emmy for a TV drama called How To Get Away With Murder, and she has two Tony Awards. 


What would you prefer? A record number of music awards, or awards for four different things?  




Have you been thinking about what you want to be when you grow up? One 12-year-old Aussie isn’t waiting to put her plans into action. She wants to be an Olympian, and she is well on her way. Chloe Covell first got on a skateboard at age 6,  after watching the X Games with her Dad—the ‘X’ stands for extreme, and these games are all about action. On Sunday, Chloe took out the silver medal in the World Championship Women’s Street Skateboarding, in the United Arab Emirates. The world champs are one of the qualifying events for the Paris 2024 Olympics. The Gold Coast schoolgirl said she was nervous when one of her first tricks didn’t go so well, but was super proud when she landed a move she’d practised a lot, called a crook nollie flip (I’ve stuck a link in your episode notes so you can see what I mean). Congratulations Chloe, and good luck for your next qualifying event!. Squiz Kids Salutes You!



This is the part of the podcast where you get to test how well you’ve been listening …

  1. Beyonce is the GOAT, but Viola Davis’s Grammy made her the ______
  2. Mason Stonehouse dropped $1500 of his Dad’s money on what kind of app?  
  3. Chloe Covell wants to go to the Olympics in which sport? 





It’s February 7, which is the birthday of Charles Dickens, the English author of Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol, Great Expectations, and many other classic books that have been made into movies, plays, musicals, TV shows, and more.  I’ll put some info about his life into your episode notes. 


It’s also a special day for these Squiz Kids celebrating a birthday today … Harrison from Perth, Pom from Carroll, James from Killarney Vale, Scarlett from Ivanhoe, Jack from Bellbrae and Ana and Arlo from Middle Harbour. 

Belated birthday wishes go to Sienna, Olivia and Isabelle all from Montmorency.

And it’s the return of the classroom shout out … classroom shout outs today go to … 

The year 5/6 class with Mrs Potter at Bellevue Heights Primary School, class 2 yellow at Bathurst South Public School, class 5 grevillea with Miss Luongo at All Hallows Primary School in Five Dock, the Donohue Family homeschoolers in Westbrook and a happy belated birthday shout out to Mrs Rose at the Snowy Valleys School in Tumut. 


The S’Quiz Answers:

  • EGOT
  • Food delivery
  • Skateboarding