Pastoral Care - Internet Safety

Internet safety and Cyber Bullying is taken very seriously at Marian Catholic College. Below are guidelines that are supported by Marian Catholic College and all schools throughout the Parramatta Diocese.

 

  • Personal information stays personal – children should not give out passwords, photos or personal details such as phone numbers and addresses to anyone online.
  • Information on the web is not always reliable – discuss with children ways of assessing reliable information online.
  • Treat others on the net the same way you would like to be treated – remind your children that cyber bullying has serious consequences both at a school and personal level, as well as the possibility of legal and criminal consequences.
  • Be aware of 'stranger danger' – chat rooms pose a particular threat in this area and young web users should be warned of the dangers and advised not to answer messages that make them feel uncomfortable or seem improper, indecent, or threatening. Young people should also be advised not to arrange meetings with people met over the Internet without asking their parents first.
  • Discuss online experiences with a teacher or parent – children should be encouraged to share their experiences both good and bad.
  • Report cyber bullying – children and teenagers should be encouraged to speak with a teacher or parent if they see instances of cyber bullying, for example, other students filming an inappropriate incident on their mobile phone.
  • Be careful when downloading programs from the Internet – teach your children how to use virus scan software to avoid viruses.
  • Hacking into computers is not a game – it is a serious crime, as is downloading copyrighted material such as software, music, books, movies, TV and art from the internet.

  

Discuss with you child that your digital footprint stays online forever. Once something is put onto the Internet it is very difficult to remove. (Photos/Videos etc.)

  

Cyber bullying is just one of the dangers associated with new technologies, reinforcing the need to educate young people in responsible online behaviours.

  

For parents one of the most difficult aspects of cyber bullying and other dangers online is that they are often unaware of the risks and unsure of how the technology works. One of the best ways to keep your children safe online is to get involved and be aware - learn all you can about information and communication technologies and talk to your children about what they do online.

  

It is advisable to supervise the internet usage of young people. Once parents are aware of the online behaviour and habits of their children, it becomes easier to spot the signs that something may be wrong.  

  

All Catholic schools in the Parramatta Diocese have strict policies and guidelines for dealing with bullying and inappropriate behaviour.

  

It is important to note that students will be given access to the College Network and will be monitored whilst using this network. In addition, the student and their associated devices will need to abide by the College’s and Diocesan Acceptable Use Policies. This involves you and your son/daughter discussing, then signing the College Acceptable Use Policy.

  

Further information can be found at www.cybersmart.gov.au/parents/resources