Cyber-Safety at St Joachim's

St Joachim’s School is an exciting learning environment in which our students naturally take advantage of developments in technologies to personalise and expand their learning opportunities. Our teachers use technology to provide rich learning environments for students as they engage with people and resources, locally and globally. In this dynamic, connected world of communication and learning, we need to ensure such opportunities do not place the young people at St Joachim’s at risk. Many of these risks are not new and our teachers and staff are familiar with strategies and processes that maximise learning opportunities and outcomes, while minimising risk to children’s safety and wellbeing.

Download the St Joachim’s School Cyber-Safety User Agreement that all students and parents are expected to understand, read and sign.

The Department of Education, Training and Employment has released Cybersafety and Cyberbullying – a guide for Parents and Caregivers.

NetAlert is the Australian Government’s online safety program, set up to protect Australian families online. NetAlert has created this checklist that provides a summary of the key things you should know to keep your family safe when using the internet. The NetAlert – A Parents Guidelines to Internet Safety can be downloaded here.

Cyber-Safety Checklist

BEFORE YOU START

  • Talk to your family about the importance of staying safe online and the need to have an internet safety plan for your home.
  • Teach your children how to use the internet safely. NetAlert has a range of free educational programs for different age groups.

GETTING SET UP CORRECTLY

  • Check if you are connected to a family-friendly internet service provider. If not, switch to one that can help you with internet safety.
  • Look at where the computer is set up at home. It should be in a public area of the house, not in a bedroom, where it will be easier for you to supervise.
  • Make sure you have safety software installed on your computer. This may include a filter and other security software such as anti-virus programs, spyware and ad-aware. NetAlert can give you advice on what to get.
  • Use a family-friendly search engine for all web searches.

CREATE FAMILY GUIDELINES

  • Discuss the benefits and risks of going online with your children and reassure them that you are there to help if they get into trouble.
  • Create an internet safety contract with your children and set up house rules for use of the internet. NetAlert has samples to help you.

WHEN ONLINE

  • Supervise and monitor the use of the internet with your family. If issues arise address them quickly and know who to report problems to.
  • Encourage and support your family with their use of the internet. Teach them to make right decisions and increase the levels of responsibility as children get older.