2020 Safety in the Online Environment

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‚ÄčThis week it has been brought to our attention that there are a number of students who have access to a variety of online social media platforms. These include TikTok, Facebook and Snapchat. As teachers and parents, it is important that we also educate our children/students on how to be responsible digital citizens. Part of doing this is also about monitoring and managing use of devices to ensure our children are safe whilst online. As a school and system, we have interfaces and filters that help protect students. We also restrict permission access to certain sites and block access to many others as we strive to keep students safe, along with their data and privacy. For the safety of all users it is important that every parent is vigilant in monitoring student access and use. It is also very important as students get older and more competent in their skills to reinforce their responsibilities to be a responsible digital citizen whilst posting.

As parents and teachers, it is our responsibility to keep our children safe. To achieve this, I would encourage parents to know fully what applications/social media sites their children are accessing and using. Understand the recommended age for each application and support your child in learning how to keep themselves safe online. Providing children increased access to technology including phones, computers, iPads, Xboxes and any device that allow connectivity using the internet exposes our students to increased risk online.

As a school and system, access to all these platforms are blocked on school devices so that students are unable to access them, keeping them safe at school. At school we will continue to educate students on how to use technology appropriately to be responsible digital citizens. As a parent, I use the reasoning if in doubt block it out. May we work together to keep our children and students safe whilst accessing these wonderful tools and resources for learning.

Nathan Haley - Principal