Protecting our children from harm is just as important online as it is in the real world. As a school community we can all play an important role in helping children have safe and positive experiences online. The internet offers an exciting world of experiences for children and the whole family. It can be entertaining, educational and rewarding. However, using the internet also involves risks and challenges.
Children might be exposed to content that is sexually explicit, violent, prohibited or even illegal.
Children may - unknowingly or deliberately - share personal information without realising they may be subject to inappropriate contact, or that they are leaving behind content that might not reflect well on them in the future.
By taking an active role in talking with your children about the risks and answering their questions or concerns about something that they find on the Internet you can help them stay safer online.
Our young people are the most connected generation ever. They live in an online world where digital interactions provide a sense of meaning, belonging and community. However, this environment can also introduce considerable risk into their lives. Many young people and their families do not have the strategies to deal with these risks and the impacts it can have on their mental and emotional health and wellbeing now and in the future.
T.H.I.N.K. and S.M.A.R.T with ❤️ (heart)
As an eSmart school, CSS have developed a enhanced approach to eSafety which encompasses the acronyms T.H.I.N.K. and S.M.A.R.T with ❤️ (heart).
For our early years students, teachers will utilise T.H.I.N.K, whilst our Year 3 -6 students will extend this with the age appropriate acronym, S.M.A.R.T with ❤️. Teachers will not only be teaching the concepts represented by each letter but will also be modelling and reinforcing appropriate behaviour and expectations identified within the students' regular learning.
Through T.H.I.N.K, our early years students will learn about responsible and respectful use of digital devices along with how to protect their privacy; digitally and in the real world.
Our Year 3-6 students will use S.M.A.R.T with ❤️ to extend their understanding of the global eCommunity and how to protect themselves, so it doesn't impact them in real world.
This enhanced approach acknowledges the impact ICTs have and will have on our students into their futures. It will emphasise the importance of engaging safely and respectfully within an eCommunity, as well as continue to promote positive use of ICTs and behaviours among our students and staff alike.
Remember, if a student needs to report any inappropriate online behaviour they can:
Information for parents and caregivers about positive and responsible technology use
How to use parental controls and other tools to maximise online safety in your home