Rationale

Lara Lake Primary School believes the teaching of cyber safety and responsible online behaviour is essential in the lives of students and is best taught in partnership between home and school.

  • Students in the 21st century students spend increasing amounts of time online; learning and collaborating. To be safe online and to gain the greatest benefit from the opportunities provided through an online environment, students need to do the right thing by themselves and others online, particularly when no one is watching.
  • Safe and responsible behaviour is explicitly taught at our school and parents/carers are requested to reinforce this behaviour at home. Some online activities are illegal and as such, may be reported to police.
  • Lara Lake Primary School uses the Internet and Digital Technologies as teaching and learning tools. We see them as valuable resources, but acknowledge they must be used responsibly.
  • The students and staff at Lara Lake Primary School will be using various ‘apps' which will be installed on all iPads and accessed frequently.

    Each of the apps will be used for a range of purposes, however they will all serve as a way of storing work completed by the students so that it is accessible anywhere that internet service is available to them. The apps also serve as a means for work to be accessed across a range of devices, so that any work completed is not restricted to their personal device. The school will provide a list of apps and their requirements to parents.

    At Lara Lake Primary School we are committed to promoting and enforcing the safe and correct use of technology within the classroom and beyond. Any accounts created by your child will be password protected and visible to only the staff members, students and parents via this password.

    Cyber Safety

    Being online can make students feel that they are anonymous and sometimes students may say things online that they would never say to someone’s face. The web space or online chat environment that they use in leisure time might also have explicit language and they may feel they have to be part of it. Bullying online can take a number of forms from repeated messages to exclusion from social spaces. Students who forward on messages or participate in the exclusion may not see themselves as bullying. These actions also contribute to the hurt and distress of others.

    Incidents online often go unreported. Reasons include feelings of embarrassment, a belief that online issues are theirs to solve as adults don’t understand, a feeling that reporting it will make it worse and the most common reason given is a fear that they will lose access to their technology.

    Seek to understand the terms and conditions of websites and online communities and be aware that content uploaded or posted leave a digital footprint. Many websites/spaces have conditions of use, such as ownership of the content and the age of participants. For example: Children under 13 years of age are not permitted access to Facebook. Students like to publish information about themselves and their friends in spaces like MySpace, Facebook and blogs. This can put them at risk of being approached, groomed or bullied online.

    It is important to realise that there is a time for fun and a time for work even on the Internet. Students may often see the Internet as ‘free’ however even just looking at a page on the Internet incurs a download cost. By taking care with the equipment, and thinking carefully about printing and downloading from the internet students can save time, money and the environment. Staying on task will reduce the risk of inappropriate access and teach students strategies to use the Internet or mobile technologies for their learning.

    If your child is spending hours online ‘doing their homework,’ it may be that they are multitasking in many other applications, some of it study related and other interaction may be social.