With new technology comes more student engagement opportunities in the classroom – but with it also comes the intentional or unintentional misuse of ICT and social media.
By taking a dual approach – parents, and school – we can effectively manage our students’ behavior in the online environment by empowering them to be cyber savvy and responsible in their use of ICT and social media.
As a parent, it’s important to understand the main issues impacting on your child’s safety and well-being.
- Cyber Bullying
- Digital Reputation
- Social Networking
- Unwanted Contact
- Online Gaming
- Inappropriate, Offensive or Illegal Content
- Protecting Information
- Online Pornography
- Posting Photos and Videos to Social Media
For more information on how to keep up to date with your child’s technology use and to manage the above issues, you can visit the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner, website:
At Apple Tree State High School, we encourage the use of technology as part of our curriculum however we have stringent guidelines on how it used to ensure our students’ safety and well-being. In order to empower our students, we do however take an active role in educating them on the importance of the responsible use of ICT and social media, with a strong focus on the prevention of cyber bullying.
Students are not permitted to:
- Say or write things that are hurtful, harmful or untrue to or about other students
- Use social media unless guided by a teacher
- Access sites that are for older age groups
- Give their passwords to anyone except for parents or teachers
- Download pictures, music, movies for private use
- Plagiarize other people’s work
- Share their or anybody else’s full name or photos without permission
- Bring software from home and use on school computers
- Students’ phones are to be switched off during school hours.
Student’s online behaviour during class times is closely monitored by teachers.
There are disciplinary repercussions for any students who intentionally break these guidelines.
Please note, Apple Tree State High School has a zero tolerance policy for cyber bullying. To read more about our policy and prevention initiatives, click here.