Cybersafety is an issue that is taken very seriously at Beaconhills College. To that end, we have cybersafety lessons in the Middle School, along with discussions and information delivered in a variety of forums. We also have a committee whose sole focus is ensuring we are an eSmart School.
But cybersafety is an issue that needs to be tackled at home as well as at school. We have a section in our BeLearning Lounge that is dedicated to information and resources for parents. It is Section 3 called Online Safety and Digital Citizenship.
In this section, among other things, we have College and email protocols, advice for parents regarding our iPad program and links to many external resources to help parents deal with their children as they participate in the digital age. The external resources include the government agencies of the Office of the eSafety Commissioner, BullyStoppers, School A to Z as well as Common Sense Media.
One online resource, that is particularly relevant today, shows the appropriate age for various apps and social media platforms. For example did you know that SnapChat is rated 16+, Instagram is rated 15+, YouTube is rated 13+ and the game Fortnite is rated 13+?
These and other games and social media apps can be researched at https://www.commonsensemedia.org/app-reviews.
I strongly recommend parents discuss their children’s technology use with them and look at this site for rating guidance. Here are some questions parents should ask their children. “All my friends are using it” is not a good enough reason for children to play or use some apps and games.
College eLearning Coordinator