Safe Digital Device Use

St Albans Secondary College is an E-Smart School

We have put together some information and resources for you to learn more about the safe use of digital devices.

Protect your digital lifestyle

eSafety https://esafety.gov.au/ is an Australian Government website packed with information about being safe online and about safe digital device use.

Check out their new interactive guide and learn how to be safe and secure with the connected devices in your life: https://esafety.gov.au/education-resources/iparent

Get Help

Get help if your child has been a victim of Cyberbullying https://www.esafety.gov.au/esafety-information/get-help

Additional advice for Parents: don’t ban – plan

Parents should not threaten to ban access to the Internet if bullying occurs.

The main reason young people do not tell their parents when they are cyberbullied is because they fear they will lose access to the computer.

Parents should let their children know that they will help them to cope with upsetting events online but won’t insist they stop using the computer.

Behavioural change is important to pay attention to. While it is tempting to take away the screens, this is not always such a great idea. It is better to ensure computers are in a shared space, and impose some limits, such as a turn off time. If parents are able to get interested in the games and use these in conversations you will be able to more clearly understand the appeal gaming has for their child. It is also good to help children maintain off screen interests and activities.

Some children retreat into an online world to deal with loneliness, distress and depression. Often these kids are very private and difficult to engage in conversations making it hard for parents to gauge how much to worry. It is important for parents to pay attention to other behavioural changes such as poor sleep, low energy, irritability beyond usual levels, and changes in appetite. Get help if needed

What are teenagers doing on-line?

https://www.esafety.gov.au/about-the-office/research-library/aussie-teens-and-kids-online

Develop a code of netiquette – responsible safe behaviour on-line

Some ideas include:

  • don’t bully or be mean to others on-line
  • let people know that cyberbullying is a weak and cowardly act of hatred online
  • don’t harass or stalk people online
  • don’t pass on embarrassing photos or posts about others
  • know that circulating some photos means that you risk being charged with child pornography
  • only add friends that you know and do not add friends of friends’
  • if someone online wants to meet you in person, ask an adult to accompany you.
  • parents should not allow kids to have webcams in bedrooms. Skype should only be allowed if the computer is in a shared family room. Chat roulette should be discouraged

http://www.education.vic.gov.au/Documents/about/programs/bullystoppers/afnetiquette.pdf

Note:  All published advice and contact information has been sourced from Government Advice sites.