Our school is currently working towards our eSmart accreditation. We are working towards a future where children can grow up in a secure and safe environment. The ever-changing nature of the Internet can pose challenges for parents who wish to keep on top of their children’s technology use. While children might seem to be tech savvy, they still need a parent’s guiding hand to help make sure their online experience is positive and safe.
We would like to introduce a series of useful information for parents to establish a secure and safe online environment at both school and home.
Here are some tips to establish an eSmart home environment.
- Set family rules e.g. Device free during the family time. Create a Device free zone
- Set-up agreed limits
- Encourage child to have some screen-free time
- Turn off devices before bedtime
- Set-up a parental controls over your Internet and devices
- Talk to your children about how they use their digital technology appropriately
- Encourage children to ‘think before they click’ – think about content and the consequences of posting it
- Talk to your children about Netiquet
- Encourage students to use Edmodo for middle and upper students to communicate with their schoolmates
- Make the most of parental controls on devices
- Create a supportive environment. Let you children know you’re always there for them
- Be a role model with your own digital habits eg not downloading illegal movies, music etc
The Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner has an excellent information site called ‘iParent’.
Games, apps and social networking
With more than a million apps available across a range of connected devices, our kids are often the first ones to try the latest trending app. Overwhelming but still possible, it’s important for parents to understand how these apps affect our kids’ day-to-day life. Finding out about things like privacy policies, in-app purchasing, permissions to access information, or linking the app with accounts like Facebook, will help you understand what apps can do.
Visit: eSafety information à Games Apps and Social Networking
If you’re not up to speed, it’s worth catching up—and we’re here to help. Apps can be a truly great way to communicate, share, learn and play. For more about apps, including an overview of some of the most popular platforms currently in use, visit Games, Apps and Social Networking on the eSafety Office website.
Cyberbullying is bullying that is carried out through the internet, mobile phones, social medila and email. Research shows that one in five Australian children aged 8 to 17 has been the target of cyberbullying in the past year. The Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner can help you make a complaint, find someone to talk to and provide advice and strategies for dealing with these issues. While cyberbullying is similar to bullying in some ways, there are also differences. Cyberbullying can be difficult to escape and is incredibly invasive. It is more likely to occur outside of school, including while at home, and can happen at any time. Cyberbullying can involve a much larger audience outside of the school community. It is very difficult to remove the content once they are uploaded, but here are some tips for help.
Before you or your child lodges a complaint you need to have:
- Copies of the cyberbullying material to upload (eg screenshots or photos)
- Reported the material to the social media service (if possible) at least 48 hours ago
- At hand as much information as possible about where the material is located
⭐Visit the eSafety Commissioner Web page ‘Complaints and Reporting’ Fill the online form
⭐ It is important to know that a child can lodge the claim
⭐ Inform your school
If you have any question, please feel free to ask us.