Your child has never known the world without the internet. Now more than ever we need to be informed about how to educate children about cybersafety.
St Catherine of Siena is an eSmart school. We are dedicated to providing up-to-date information to students, teachers and parents about using computers, devices and the internet in a safe an appropriate manner. The school operates using all-in-one touch screen desktop computers, laptops, iPads and interactive whiteboards.
All students and parents must read and sign a Computer Use contract in order for students to use technology at St Catherine’s. Students from years 3-6 also use Google Apps for Education (GAFE) and BYO iPads. Student use is regularly monitored by teachers using a program called Hapara, linked to the students’ GAFE accounts.
Cybersafety is regularly discussed with students and they participate in activities such as the Budd:e Cybersafety Program (Copyright Commonwealth of Australia 2013) and eSmart Digital Licence (The Allanah and Madeline Foundation).
If you would like more information about the safe use of technology, please refer to the links below. These are provided by the Australian Government and have valuable resources. There are videos for families and young people. Guidance for use of social media and technology and games that young people can play to develop their e-safety knowledge. For example: