Here at Mossgiel Park Primary School, we are excited to be an eSmart Cyber Safety School.
Our comprehensive ICT programs include teaching students how to interact safely in the changing digital world. We teach our students to stay safe online through the Hector's World Cyber Safety Program, BuddyE and The Digital Excellence Program.
At Mossgiel Park PS, we say no to bullying, anywhere, anytime, or any place.
Cyber Safety Tip
Our cyber safety tip for this week is to remind parents that they are legally responsible for what their kids do online. At Mossgiel Park we want to help protect against bullying online. This can happen when a child says or does hurtful things to another student using mobile phones, MSN, Facebook, Bebo, My Space or any other interactive programs. Parents need to keep an eye on photos that are uploaded and tagged, on comments that are made, and on their children’s chat. They also need to make sure that their children are not deliberately making other children feel ‘left out’ to hurt them. The best way to make sure your children are using the net responsibly is to have the computer in the family room or other shared space in the home, where you can see and chat with your children about what they are doing. Parents should also watch out for their own children to make sure that they are not being bullied. Warning signs are:
- The child is visibly upset or angry during or after using the internet or a mobile phone
- The child withdraws from friends or activities and doesn’t join in things that he/she used to enjoy
There is a drop in school performance
- The child doesn’t want to go to school
- The child is being bullied at school as well
- The child seems depressed or sad.
If you are worried, talk with your child, listen carefully to what they say, and contact the school for help and advice about how to handle it.