Online Safety Forum

Posted on October 21, 2016

Last night four St Paul’s students attended the Courier Mail’s Generation Sext: Forum, discussing the risks and challenges children face online.

More than 100 people from schools and organisations across the state gathered to discuss some hard truths about digitisation and the dangers of sexting among young people.

Teenagers were given the opportunity to quiz a panel of experts — moderated by journalist Frances Whiting — on everything from pornography and predatory behaviour, to technology and education.

One of our students in attendance, Julia Munt (Year 10), asked the panel how students can help and support their friends if they are thinking about participating in inappropriate online behaviour.

Taskforce Argos Detective Inspector, Jon Rouse, answered by saying “if you see this material on social media make sure it’s closed down and educate yourself on the ramifications of that action.”

At St Paul’s School we have implemented an eSMart program, educating students on cyber safety and appropriate online conduct. For further information, please contact eSmart coordinator, Ms Judy Bolton. We also have dedicated staff available to chat should your child feel the need to speak with someone specifically about this topic.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s online behaviour, please contact our counselling department.

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