eLearning

                                                   

At Meadow Heights Primary School we support the rights of all members of the school community to be provided with and engage in a safe, inclusive and supportive learning environment. This extends to the use of digital tools and online communities and is underpinned by our expectation of safe and responsible behaviour of all members of the school community. 

 


What are Digital Technologies?


 

Digital technologies are electronic tools, systems, devices and resources that generate, store or process data, such as computers, laptops, iPads, digital cameras, smart phones, etc.

 

These also includes social media, online games and applications, multimedia, productivity applications, cloud computing, interoperable systems and mobile devices.


 

What does it mean to be an eSmart School?


eSmart Schools is a behaviour-change initiative in over 2, 200 schools across Australia. eSmart Schools provides a framework that guides the introduction of policies, practices and whole-school change processes to support the creation of a cyber safe or eSmart environment. The eSmart Schools Framework is designed to help schools improve cyber safety and reduce cyber bullying and bullying.


Why eSmart?


 

Over the past two decades, our lives have been transformed by a digital revolution, opening up a world of possibilities.

 

Children are the greatest beneficiaries of the digital era and are learning to navigate the online world at a younger and younger age. We need to ensure our communities are equipped to teach children, and the whole community, how to benefit from online technology whilst being savvy and prepared for the pitfalls - cyber bullying, scams, fraud, exposure to predators and inappropriate content. 

 

Through our programs our aim is to create an eSmart Australia, where everyone knows how to be smart, safe and responsible online and passes this information onto our children.


Cyber-Safety


 In order to provide a safe and comfortable learning environment for our students and staff, the school has 'Acceptable Use of Digital Technologies Agreements' that all students and parents must understand and sign. Also, a Cyber-Safety program is taught in all classrooms during term 1 every year.


The purpose of the Agreements is to make students/parents aware of what the School considers to be acceptable and unacceptable usage of these digital technologies and to provide guidelines for good practice by students.

All students are introduced/reintroduced to the Agreement during the first weeks of the school year. This document is taken home by the student and they discuss it with their parents/caregivers. Parents/caregivers then need to sign it, as well as the student, and return it back to the classroom teacher.

Students and Parents/Caregivers have been made aware that breaking any of the rules listed on the Agreement document will cause students to miss out on using the computers or internet for a negotiated period of time as decided by the Principal (or nominee) after consultation with the classroom teacher. Parents/Caregivers will be contacted if the school becomes aware of inappropriate internet /social media use at home.


To see a copy of the Acceptable Use of Digital Technologies Agreement please click on your links below:


Acceptable Use of Digital Technologies @ MHPS

Student Agreement 2017 Prep to Grade 2


Acceptable Use of Digital Technologies @ MHPS

 

Student Agreement 2017 Grade 3 to 6

 

Dijital Teknolojileri Geçerli Kullanım @ MHPS

Öğrenci Sözleşmesi 2017 – Sınıflar Hazırlık - 2


Dijital Teknolojileri Geçerli Kullanım @ MHPS

Öğrenci Sözleşmesi 2017 Sınıflar 3 – 6

 

الاستخدام الصحيح للتكنولوجيا في المدرسة

تعهد الطالب لعام  2017- الصف التمهيدي إلى الصف الثاني

 

الاستخدام الصحيحللتكنولوجيا في المدرسة

تعهد الطالب لعام 2017 – لطلاب الصفوف الثالثة إلى الصفوف السادسة .




 

 





Information for parents


Important information for parents about Cybersafety is available at the cyber9smart:) website https://www.esafety.gov.au/education-resources/iparent

The school recommends all parents are aware of latest cyber threats and to learn to be safe and secure with the connected devices in your lives.


It is also important for parents to be aware of social media restriction and age restrictions.

Please read this information about the most popular social media sites and apps. The document has translations in Turkish, Arabic and Vietnamese. Click Here

Also available is the Parent Handout on Cyber Safety published by the Australian Government. Click Here.

 

The Internet offers enormous potential benefits for teaching and learning in our school. New technologies such as blogs, personal spaces and social networking tools are now part of young people’s life on the web. These technologies provide opportunities for collaboration and, for learning to occur beyond the classroom. There are, however, some potential dangers when using the Internet and other technologies.

These can include:

  • Bullying or harassment (cyberbullying)       
  • Accessing inappropriate content      
  • Contact with strangers                     
  • Posting private information
  • Using (or stealing) content owned by others eg images, music or videos         
  • Plagiarising: taking ideas or information created/ owned by others without referencing their origin
  • Not using critical thinking skills when using the Internet                                                  
  • Not seeking support offline when there is an issue.

Although Internet use at MHPS is supervised by teachers, our aim is to prepare students for their use of the Internet and other technologies beyond the classroom.

In Prep, Internet safety education is focused on general discussion within the context of ICT sessions such as caring for computers, keeping passwords safe and accessing selected Internet sites.

In Years 1- 6 students participate in a more structured Internet safety program involving the use of online multimedia resources and discussion of current issues. These resources can be accessed at home and also have sections with information for parents.

 

The ACMA eSafety Federal Government Site is the may resource teachers use for teaching cyber safety to students at MHPS - https://www.esafety.gov.au/  

 

One of our main aims of Internet safety education is to encourage students to speak to an adult when issues do arise. Incidents of cyberbullying, or inappropriate use of the Internet are dealt with seriously, in line with our Student Welfare and Learning Technology policies.

Some advice for parents about Cyberspace and Computers in the home.

Where to put the computer

  • Put the computer in a common area of the house, not in the bedroom.
  • Parental monitoring is vital – walk past regularly and see what your child is doing, no matter their age

Computer setup

  • Consider installing an internet filter.
  • Set Google search preferences to "moderate", at least.

Good Computer Behaviours

  • Set house rules for computer use about what can be put on personal websites, what can be said about others or what information can be shared with others
  • Spend time online together (eg researching the next family holiday)
  • Model constructive computer use for children in the house.

Some sample house rules

  • Hours of use are …
  • No inappropriate (sexual or violent content) sites.
  • Exit sites immediately that the family would not be comfortable with
  • No aimless “googling” – all computer use should have a purpose
  • No harassment or bullying of other people, or abusive language
  • No exchange of personal information on the web
  • MSN (instant messaging) contacts must be people your child knows in real life
  • If there is a problem, our family talks about it.
  • Discuss- There is NO privacy once you are active on the web!

Don’t

  • Don't respond to rude or harassing emails (keep a record in case of further investigation)
  • Don't allow very young children to use the computer unsupervised

Do

  • Do block senders on MSN (instant messaging) who send harassing emails
  • Do teach children that the internet is not always reliable

As a parent, be aware

  • Young people often don’t have refined expression skills when typing. The intent of a message can therefore be easily misunderstood. Don’t allow MSN or email to replace human contact.
  • Three quarters of children will not tell a parent/teacher if bullied or harassed online, for fear of losing their internet access!
  • If you find inappropriate content about your/any child on a website contact the ISP and/or the Police.
  • You need to learn something about computers – especially your child’s favourite sites, and some of the lingo
  • You can start a new email account with ease if too many unwanted people know the old one.

 

Other Useful Links

More information for parents can be found in the following websites:

 

Netalert is the Australian Government Internet safety website. This site contains information about Internet content filters.

www.netalert.gov.au

 

ACCC Federal Government (Scam watch) http://www.scamwatch.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/693900

 

Think U Know Federal Government site (Removing profiles etc) http://www.thinkuknow.org.au/userfiles/Issue5.pdf

 

Think U Know Federal Government site (Cyberbullying etc) http://www.thinkuknow.org.au/userfiles/Issue6(1).pdf


Wired safety (Parenting on line) http://www.wiredsafety.org/resources/pdf/parentingonline.pdf


Click - NSW Site for Parents http://www.schools.nsw.edu.au/news/technology/cybersafety/yr2009/bedroom.php

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