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Cybersafety and Social Networking

Being cybersafe and a good cybercitizen is primarily about learning how to behave in the online environment. While technical solutions are part of ensuring safety and security, cybersafety in schools depends on people acting appropriately.

Social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, AskFM and Snapchat have changed the way we communicate. It’s important you monitor your student’s behaviour on these sites and ensure they are being used in an appropriate manner. It is also important for our students to be cybersmart and think before posting material online. What you post online remains; our 'digital footprint', the trace left after something is posted online, never disappears. All web users have a responsibility to think of the consequences when posting information online to ensure it does not breach social, religious, cultural or copyright standards.

If the school administration becomes aware of inappropriate content involving our staff, students or school, our school uniform or images are used without permission, we will take reasonable steps to ensure the content is removed and where necessary, consequences issued. Our school is committed to promoting a safe and supportive learning environment and students involved in the posting of inappropriate material on websites may be disciplined in line with our school’s Responsible Behaviour Plan for Students.

As a school, Kedron has structured program dealing with safe and appropriate online behaviours, delivered to all students, across the year levels, through our KedCare program. Kedron has also been working through the eSmart Schools Cybersafety Framework to ensure that the wider Kedron Community is supported to stay safe online. Indeed, last year (2013) the Cybersafety outreach evening was well attended by parents across year levels. The school intends to repeat evenings such as this one. Kedron will continue to work closely with our students and parents to support safe and ethical online behaviours. Kedron is invested in strong links between home and school and we appreciate your support in monitoring your student’s internet activity and reinforcing this message at home. Feel free to contact the school should you wish to discuss any of the areas mentioned here, we will be only too happy to help.

Below are some useful interactive resources for students - these sites inform and reinforce appropriate online choices for teenagers.

We encourage parents and carers to work through these with students:

 

These informative, interactive resources are aimed at parents/carers. They will help families to identify appropriate online behaviour and steps which can be taken to ensure that teenagers can reduce some of the risks associated with the internet and social media sites.

 

If you have any questions regarding anything mentioned above, or on Cybersafety in general, please do not hesitiate to contact the school.

Further information may also be found on the Department of Education's website: