Prevention is better than cure
We educate our your people about online safety. This includes:
Our respectful relationships program
We encourage all parents to monitor what apps there kids are using, and consider whether the apps are age-appropriate, or expose them to stalking, cyber-bullying or leaking of private information.
As a school we take cyberbullying very seriously and will follow up regarding matters posted online -even after school hours posts and messages that are impacting students at school.
SO WHAT'S THE PROBLEM WITH SOCIAL MEDIA FOR CHILDREN?
Of concern are the number of parents that may not be fully aware of the legal and safety issues regarding social media and children, and allow their children to use them. In fact all of the commonly used platforms DO NOT PERMIT access for children under the age of 13 for many legal and safety issues.
This includes :
The e-safety commission notes however that about 25% of children between the ages of 7-13 are on these platforms, with the other 75% of children not been allowed access.
I would encourage all parents in our community to consider thefollowing risks and determine whether they want to continue toallow their children access.
* Exposure to inappropriate content (explicit material, violence, cyberbullying)
* Potential targeting by online predators
* Negative impact on mental health (feelings of inadequacy, lowself-esteem, unhealthy comparison)
* Privacy and data security risks (sharing personal information)
* Potential for addiction and excessive screen time
* Distraction from real-life relationships and responsibilities
* Spread of misinformation and fake news
* Lack of control over personal information and digital footprint
* Online harassment and trolling
* Potential for reputational damage through sharing ofinappropriate or compromising content
Be assured that for many good reasons, the majority of parents in Australia have set firm boundaries and delayed access to social media until high school for their children. I would encourage allparents to consider carefully their own family rules and to take astand with their children on this issue.