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Digital Citizenship


13 September 2019

Digital Citizenship

Digital Citizenship

Last week a group of Year 3 to 5 students attended SAGE automation to learn more about the exciting innovations and developments in the field of technologies.

At this week’s Professional Learning session our staff engaged with the powers of Virtual Reality as a learning tool. The College has a Tech Research and Development team, with staff representatives from right across the school, meeting regularly to ensure that we not only keep abreast of the developments in this area but also make carefully informed decisions about how we use digital technologies with our students.

The landscape around being a digital citizen is ever shifting and we are seeing younger children bringing phones and now smart watches to school. It is very important that, as our young children are navigating their way through the normal social challenges that come with their development, we are not magnifying and skewing these further with the addition of unmonitored online platforms. The notion that it takes a village to raise a child is as important now as ever before, where surrounding adults guide and support children. So how is the Junior school supporting this development and how can you?


Junior School

  • Children who bring a mobile phone to school are required to hand them to their Home Group teacher for safe keeping throughout the day. Please note that smart watches that have a phone (voice or messaging) capacity also need to be handed in and be returned at the end of the day.
  • Cybersafety and digital Citizenship lessons are taught explicitly through our Digital Technologies program and reinforced through our Wellbeing programs
  • We have an ICT User agreement for students that needs to be adhered to. Breaching the agreement results in loss of associated privileges.
  • Families entering our 1:1 device program at Year 5 & 6 are strongly recommended against setting up an Apple ID for their child. In the past 18 months the school has implemented an MDM (mobile device management) solution. This means that, as educators, we ‘push out apps to, and withdraw apps from’ devices. Children without an Apple ID are then restricted to our selections and they cannot partake in chat groups.  Without an Apple ID your child can’t participate in iMessaging or Facetiming others in an unmonitored way on their iPad. They also can’t download trending apps (such as Tiktok) without your knowledge.
  • We have Apple Classroom set up for teachers, so that they are able to oversee what children in Year 5 & 6 are doing on their personal devices – whilst at school.
  • Teachers have the ability to access and manage student activity on College digital platforms
  • We periodically collect student owned iPads and check their histories and usage and safety/privacy settings
  • If children have an Apple ID set up on a personal device, iMessaging and Facetime (and other social platform tool) notifications must be turned off during school time. Any apps downloaded at home are to be in a separate folder and not used at school.


At Home

It is equally as important to make sure your child is cybersafe at home as well as at school. The following recommendations should help with managing devices at home with primary-aged children.

  • Have a user agreement for home
  • Place time limitations on online use
  • Have access to any passwords your child has. (Whilst you may feel this is a breach of their privacy, they must understand that their online world isn’t private – it can be viewed, captured, forwarded, stored and hacked!)
  • Never allow your child to use their device in private areas such as bedrooms or bathrooms
  • Use a family shared Apple ID if you wish to set one up (so you can oversee all activity)
  • If your child is on iMessaging (some parents contact their children on this platform instead of by phone) regularly check their message history.
  • Regularly check-in and look at the content of games, messages etc.
  • Teach your child how to report and capture anything that makes them uncomfortable
  • Have regular discussions around digital citizenship. Children are more likely to seek help if they know they will be supported rather than have a device confiscated.
  • Strictly adhere to age requirements for accounts and software – they are there for a reason.

We will be scheduling some drop-in sessions with our IT team next term, for families who would like hands-on support and advice with managing devices at home.