St Paul’s has accreditation as an eSmart school. This means that we have been recognised for providing and implementing programs across the school which assist students to become safe and responsible users of the Internet. Information about eSmart can be found here and you can read specific information regarding eSmart schools here
Read the School’s Cyber Safety policy Cyber Safety Policy
Heard of Fake News? Try these fact-checking sites!
Read the eSmart newsletter for Term 4 here
The Queensland Anti-Cyberbullying Task Force has released its report into cyberbullying. Entitled “Adjust our Settings“, it is a detailed report, providing 29 Recommendations to parents, schools, social media providers and the general community. Read the full report here
The executive Summary can be found on page 4 ff, and the Government’s response is here
Providing parents and caregivers with up-to-date and useful information is also part of our role.
Below is a list of valuable resources that are useful for teachers, parents and students:
The Year 8s had a presentation from Lucy Ivers, a representative from Digital Thumbprint (an Optus sponsored organization) which alerted the students to the need to be aware of the terms and conditions associated with the use of any website or social media platform. Lucy also spoke to the students about safe use of devices for their health (eg not using devices for 30 minutes before sleep).
Lucy also showed the students a great site for those who are not keen to read the long list of Ts & Cs. Terms of Service: Didn’t read is a site which summarises the main features of each platform’s Ts and Cs. A handy time-saver which also keeps you informed!
In Year 11 RAVE this week, students were asked to consider their “level of comfort” with regard to how much of their private information is given out online, intentionally or otherwise. The students viewed “What Facebook Knows about You”, a thought-provoking video which demonstrates the complexity and reach of Facebook’s algorithms.
Once per term, the School’s Cyber Safety Champion, Mrs Judy Bolton, engages during a Flex period with students in Years 7 – 10 to discuss issues relating to online safety and digital literacy.
This term, Year 7s considered attribution as a fundamental tenet of being a good digital citizen, with a presentation which focused on how to correctly cite sources, giving correct attribution in the Reference List and a demonstration of the Reference List Generator to which our School subscribes.
The Year 10s’ presentation was on Internet Addiction and asked students to consider the balance they have in their screen time. Mrs Bolton added to the presentation with an email for their consideration:
On Monday I mentioned that I would send on this link to you. This is the full 25 min documentary about the Korean program for Internet addicts: https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=dateline+korean+internet+addicts&view=detail&mid=DAC1E11C33BE4EE23017DAC1E11C33BE4EE23017&FORM=VIRE
As you can see, this is a ridiculously long and ugly url. I can make it look better by using bitly.com which is a url shortener: https://binged.it/2Dcplmt
Also, if you have an iphone, you may be interested to have a look at a feature of the latest iOS 12 update which allows you to track the amount of time you spend on your phone, and on certain apps etc. Find it under Screen Time. This may help you to do the audit I mentioned on Monday, and it will also allow you to set limits on the amount of time you spend! Read more here: https://www.cnet.com/how-to/ios-12-screen-time-and-stronger-parental-controls/