Keeping Safe in Cyber Space

Cybersafety is one of the most confronting issues for teachers, parents and of course students. It is the number one non-academic problem that schools have to tackle, often on a daily basis. Whereas most of the inappropriate behaviour occurs at home, schools are responsible for trying to sort out the mess when a student’s online behaviour affects their relationships within the school community.

Port Melbourne Primary School takes the issue of Cybersafety education very seriously and is taking a proactive approach by affording parents the opportunity to be informed about the serious nature of these issues, and I have much pleasure in inviting you to a Cybersafety Presentation for parents. This presentation will be held on Wednesday 16 November in the school hall. It is suitable for ALL parents, regardless of the age of your son or daughter and will be delivered by Australia’s foremost expert on this issue Susan McLean. It is never to early or late to be informed about this important topic and I stress to you the importance and the schools expectation that at least one parent will attend.

I strongly encourage your attendance at this very important evening. As parents, you have a very important role to play in the minimising of cyberbullying, ‘sexting and harassing behaviours online and this presentation will assist you to develop CyberSafety measures for your own family to ensure that your children remain as safe as possible when using the fabulous technologies available to them.

This informative, entertaining and enlightening session for Parents and carers of young children and adolescents will cover:-

 Popular sites – What are they? ( Instant messaging such as KiK social networking sites such as Facebook, Instagram & Spapchat & how games can be problematic)

 What do kids do online? Where do they go? The difference between an ‘online friend’ and a ‘stranger.’

Online Grooming – What is it and when/how does it occur? Misuse of technology – legal consequences and the possible criminal

charges. (What is cyber bullying and harassment?)

 ‘Sexting’ – the taking and sending of explicit images…what are the REAL consequences and possible criminal charges.

Potential dangers and safety tips – how to assist the children in your care to stay safe online.

Learn the lingo…….be able to converse with your children in the language of cyberspace

Be confident in setting rules and boundaries around internet use in the home

 

I look forward to seeing you there.

Peter Martin