I ask that you spend time sharing and discussing this with your children how to 'Stay safe and have fun on the internet'. As a College we are keen for parents to understand that talking to their children is the best way of developing an effective parent school partnership in protecting children from harm, prevent harm from occurring and developing responsible management of the cyber world.
It is not all doom and gloom. Learning technologies and the internet in particular are wonderful tools and as a College we pride ourselves at being at the forefront in using technology to enhance student learning in our education programs. One of our guiding principles is creativity and innovation and we focus on this in our planning.
The internet is a powerful resource, enabling people of all ages to learn and communicate in a myriad of new ways. For children, growing up in a world where the internet has always been available, it is an essential tool. They are the ‘digital natives’—always surrounded by online technology, and using the internet from an increasingly early age. Children can use the internet for many reasons.
These could include to:
- find assistance with school assignments
- learn skills
- gain knowledge
- meet new people who share similar interests and
- keep in touch with friends.
- Along with the many benefits there are some serious concerns including privacy and safety
- issues and the issue of cyber bullying.
- Please take the time to read the following document published by the Australian Federal
- Government and the Australian Communications and Media Authority titled:
Cyber Smart Guide for Families.
We have created a link to this document.
Principal Michael Hayes