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FAQs - Cyber-Safety

1. What should we be doing at home to keep our child safe?

Depending on your daughter's age you may decide to require your daughter to use the tablet in a supervised common area of your home. In 2017 SCEGGS will be providing opportunities for parents to learn how to better manage their daughter's cyber-safety. Advice and resources for parents can be found on the ACMA website at http://www.cybersmart.gov.au/. Remember, a parent nearby at home is the best filter.

 

2. How will my daughter be taught to deal with Facebook and other social media sites?

Education about appropriate and safe use of social networking sites already forms an integral part of our Cyber-Safety education at SCEGGS. The ICT Integrators work closely with Year and Stage Co-ordinators to provide information sessions for students and parents regarding such sites. This will continue with more opportunities being provided and will remain embedded within our Pastoral Care program.

 

3. Will my daughter have access to unfiltered websites outside of school?

We will not be filtering access to internet sites when the tablet PC is not connected to the SCEGGS network. It is essential that our girls are educated about how to make sure that they are safe and secure in a digital world, and that they understand what is appropriate and ethical behaviour. We believe that an ongoing digital education program is the most appropriate way to mediate a student's internet browsing experience. Please refer to FAQ 1 in this section for a number of suggestions and resources.

 

4. Is the school concerned that cyber-bullying may become a problem when all girls have constant access to a tablet PC?

SCEGGS girls access technology in many different forms every day - at home, on smart phones, here at school. The SCEGGS Anti-Bullying policy, together with PDHPE programs and age-appropriate workshops, are in place to address many of the issues around cyber-bullying. Teachers, counsellors and external presenters will help students understand how to deal with cyber-bullying and to change the destructive behaviour that leads to cyber-bullying. Parent information evenings will help parents to understand and monitor their daughter's online behaviour in an age-appropriate way.

 

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