Safer Internet Usage Starts with You
With many new students receiving their laptop for the first time at the College, it is appropriate to point out the importance of safe online interaction with other individuals.
Stranger Danger is the key message that we give our children from their youngest years (that is, being aware of a person we do not know). It must be reiterated that Stranger Danger can be present online as well. If there are no requirements to liaise with anyone online then there should not be any interaction at all.
According to the office of the eSafety Commissioner, building digital intelligence can help manage relationships and respect differences. Skills such as critical thinking, responsibility, respect, empathy and resilience, form part of Digital Intelligence which, are important attributes of creating a great digital reputation.
The safety of our students is paramount to the College, and we believe that education starts from early ages. The College encourages and supports the four critical skills of safe Internet usage.
Four Rs of Internet Safety:
- Respect – I treat myself and others the way I like to be treated.
- Responsibility – I am accountable for my actions and I take a stand when I feel something is wrong.
- Reasoning – I question what is real.
- Resilience – I get back up from tough situations.
Five Key concept parents must be aware of for online safety:
- Sharenting responsibly– how much information should you share about your child on social media?
- Know the signs of cyberbullying – according to research, most of the cyberbullying stems from school yards, so watch for signs that your child may be affected. Start conversations around the day at school.
- Set screen time limits – aim for a healthy balance between screen time and relaxing or outdoor activities.
- Use tools – there are many parental control tools, web filters for homes. This link provides methods for setting parenting controls on iPads, windows desktops and smartphones:
- Stay engaged – always discuss the dos and don’ts of the online world.
The eSafety website link below includes a lot of resources and guidelines for safe internet usage. Parents and students are encouraged to visit the website for further references.
We would like to acknowledge the Office of the eSafety Commissioner.
Director of ICT Services
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