eSmart

eSmart 23rd November 2016

Our school is continuing to work towards becoming an eSmart school, promoting respectful behaviours – both on and offline – to reduce bullying and cyberbullying.

Australian Council on Children and the Mediea (ACCM)

The ACCM website is a fantastic resource for parents and carers to use to monitor what chilkdren are watching and playing at home. The site has information about movies, apps and a lot of other resources that are useful in screening digital media chuldren may be watching or playing.

The reviews that the site has posted explain the ratings and themes that are in the movies, apps and games. They also give an appropriate age guide that explains what age each movie or app is suitable for.

You find all of this information at http://childrenandmedia.org.au/

Matthew Dunstone

ICT Leader and eSmart Coordinator

eSmart 27th October 2016

Our school is continuing to work towards becoming an eSmart school, promoting respectful behaviours – both on and offline – to reduce bullying and cyberbullying.

Protecting Personal Information
Many online services require users to provide some personal information in order to use their service. Prior to providing personal information, you should think about what can be done with your personal information and assess whether you are still happy to pass on these details. In addition to inappropriate or illegal use of information, disclosing personal information online can impact your digital reputation.

Your personal information may include your:

  • full name
  • address
  • phone numbers
  • school
  • date of birth
  • email address
  • username and password
  • bank details

Unfortunately sometimes people forget to think carefully about whether or not to share their private information, including their usernames and passwords for certain websites. Here are some hints and tips for keeping your personal accounts safe with usernames and passwords:

Do

  • make it at least eight characters in length
  • combine letters, numbers and upper and lower-case letters
  • change your password regularly

Don’t

  • use pet names, birthdates, family or friends’ names
  • share passwords with others, even with friends
  • store them on the device

You can find more information about protecting your personal information online at the Australian Government eSafety website: https://www.esafety.gov.au/

Matthew Dunstone
ICT Leader and eSmart Coordinator

eSmart 13th October 2016

Our school is continuing to work towards becoming an eSmart school, promoting respectful behaviours – both on and offline – to reduce bullying and cyberbullying.

Digital Reputation

Digital reputation is defined by the online behaviours and the content we post about ourselves and others. Tagged photos, blog posts and social networking interactions all shape how we are perceived by others online and offline, both now and in the future.

A poor digital reputation can affect friendships, relationships and even job prospects, so it is very important that we are aware of how our actions online can affect ourselves as well as others. Once information is online, it can be very difficult to remove. Posts and photos that we post can also be misinterpreted, or even shared by others without us knowing.

You can find more information about digital reputation on the Australian Government eSafety website: https://esafety.gov.au/

Matthew Dunstone

ICT Leader and eSmart Coordinator

eSmart 06th October 2016

Our school is continuing to work towards becoming an eSmart school, promoting respectful behaviours – both on and offline – to reduce bullying and cyberbullying.

What games, apps and social networking sites are your children using?

It can be hard to keep track of the games, apps and social networking sites children are using in the ever-changing online environment. There are new apps and sites being released all the time and it often does not take long for children to familiarise themselves with their uses and features. So how can parents possibly keep track of what their children are using in regards to these resources?

The Australian Government eSafety website has a page dedicated to informing parents and carers about the games, apps and social networking sites that are currently popular amongst school-age children. The page is organised in alphabetical order and on it you can find a short video explaining popular social media sites, ‘How to guides’ and more information about specific games, apps and sites your children may be using.

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You can find the Games, Apps and Social Networking page at: https://www.esafety.gov.au/esafety-information/games-apps-and-social-networking

Matthew Dunstone
ICT Leader and eSmart Coordinator

eSmart 15th September 2016

Our school is continuing to work towards becoming an eSmart school, promoting respectful behaviours – both on and offline – to reduce bullying and cyberbullying.

 What are the 3 Cs for Cybersafety?

Content: being exposed to illegal, inappropriate or harmful material

Contact: being subjected to harmful online interaction with other users

Conduct: personal online behaviour that increases the likelihood of, or causes, harm

The Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner website has an excellent resource called iParent. This resource includes multimedia reviews, information about online risks, tips to keep your children safe and information about online safegaurds. The resource also contains a lot of information about the big issues parents face in the ever changing nature of the internet and technology as well as a downloadable Parent’s Guide to Online Safety booklet.

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You can find the iParent resource at: https://esafety.gov.au/education-resources/iparent

Matthew Dunstone
ICT Leader and eSmart Coordinator

eSmart 8th September 2016

Our school is continuing to work towards becoming an eSmart school, promoting respectful behaviours – both on and offline – to reduce bullying and cyberbullying.

What is bullying?

When a student or a group of students with more power, repeatedly and deliberately uses negative words and/or actions against another student that cause distress and create a risk to their wellbeing.

What is cyber bullying?

Cyberbullying is the use of technology to bully a person or group with the intent to hurt them socially, psychologically or even physically. The mediums used can increase its frequency – making it 24/7 and creating a permanent reminder of the messages expressed or implied.

Cyber Bullying

 

Types of behaviours:DefamationRepeated insultsMasquerading

Hate sites

Voting/rating sites

Mass blocking

Pranking

Trolling

Platforms:Social networking sitesMobile technologyVideo sharing sites

Gaming

Instant messaging

Chat rooms, forums and blogs

Email

 

For more information about cyber bullying and how to deal with it you can visit the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner website at www.esafety.gov.au.

Matthew Dunstone

ICT Leader and eSmart Coordinator

eSmart 1st September 2016

eSmart School

Our school is currently working towards becoming an ‘eSmart School’. eSmart is a world-leading system run by the Alannah and Madeline Foundation. It uses a cultural-change approach to promote respectful behaviours – both on and offline – to reduce bullying and cyberbullying. The eSmart system is being implemented in more than 2 200 schools nationally.

The eSmart system:

  • Embraces the benefits of technology
  • Reduces exposure to online risks
  • Creates a whole-school approach

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Our school is aiming to achieve eSmart accreditation by the end of 2016. Stay tuned for more information regarding this process during the remainder of the year.

Matthew Dunstone
ICT Leader and eSmart Coordinator

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