Developing excellence – Being tech-savvy

The big difference for students between the structure of a school day and life in the Boarding House…is that the Boarding House is their ‘home’. A more relaxed approach is taken. In the realm of IT, many Boarders have their own laptops and use a Boarding House network. Boarding House staff need to provide strict duty of care and avoid the emergence of “Net Nasties”.

Tanya Byron (UK) says “Children and young people need to be empowered to keep themselves safe – this isn’t just about a top-down approach. Children will be children – pushing boundaries and taking risks. At a public swimming pool we have gates, put up signs, have lifeguards and shallow ends, but we also teach children how to swim.” Bryon Report Safer Children in a Digital World: Full Report

Our children are totally immersed in technology, it is a part of their lives and being but are they technologically savvy? As caregivers we have a role to help our children be aware of the ‘dark side’, yet reap the benefits of the communication tools of the 21st Century.

S is for Safety….support through the NetAlert program
M is for Manners …. Being nice to each other ……acting against Cyberbullying
A is for Advertising …. Awareness of purchasing…eBay …credit cards on the internet
R is for Research…awareness of copyright and plagiarism
T is for Technology….awareness of privacy and our digital footprint in MySpace, Facebook , chat

I've borrowed the SMART acronym from the
CyberSMART curriculum from the US....which is one of the many programs and resources I use in my teaching.

Useful Links
Internet safety for teens:
Cybersmart Detectives (Aust)
Information for Parents
NetAlert (Australian Commonwealth Government)
MySpace Safety Tips
MySpace Safety
Guide for parents (PDF)

Net Alert
Digizen site
Tom Wood's Blog

Smartcopying site
Creative Commons (Aust)

Social Networking
Digizen site

Facebook privacy / reporting abuse

Conference Presentations papers worth having a look at…….
ACEC 2008 Rina Hanewald's paper on Cyber Violence

NetSafe 2003
**Graham Bassett’s** paper A school’s duty of care for students to whom it gives access to cyberspace?

Association of Heads of Independent Schools Australia (SA)
Extract from: Code of Practice Information & Communications Technology Cyber safety and Protection AHISA Extract.pdf (used with permission)

Association of Heads of Independent Schools Australia
2008 Pastoral Care Conference
Susan McLean - Internet Safety Tips
2007 Boarding Schools' Conference
Susan McLean: The Cyber World Use & Abuse