Cyber safety first at St Patrick’s

30/10/2017
Daily Telegraph photographer (inset) visits St Patrick
Daily Telegraph photographer (inset) visits St Patrick's Primary School, Blacktown

Primary schools in the Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta are inviting police into classrooms to lecture children on the dangers of smart devices and social media.

And families are being warned that large numbers of under-age children are creating social media accounts without their parents’ knowledge.

St Patrick’s Primary School Blacktown principal Anne Marrins told the Daily Telegraph that children were also sharing passwords to give each other access to the internet.

“Instead of passing notes around the classroom they are now using technology — many of our (primary) students have a smart phone,” Ms Marrins said.

“We have a police liaison officer come in to talk to the children about cyber bullying.
“But (education) really needs to happen in the home as many parents are not aware when their children are using devices.”

Educators say young children may appear to be “technology savvy” but their brains do not develop at the same rate as their digital skills.

The Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta has drawn up guidelines on social media use which all students and parents are required to sign up for. 

Catholic schools are using new teaching resource Cyberwise, with input from students, to help children more safely navigate the online world.

Government schools also have developed programs, including a behaviour pledge, in a bid to stamp out sexting and cyber bullying. 
Posted By CathEd Parra at 30/10/2017 10:37:26 AM
 
   
  
 

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