Cyber-Safety

The Catholic Schools Office (CSO), Diocese of Broken Bay, acknowledges that contemporary learning demands the utilisation of information, communication and learning technologies that more often than not include access to the internet from both home and school.

The CSO acknowledges the threats to student safety, as identified by the Australian Catholic Bishops Commission (ACBC) that are associated with accessing the internet for the purposes of learning.

Catholic schools are committed to ensuring that:

  • students are adequately educated in on-line personal safety;
  • teachers are well equipped to facilitate high quality cyber-safety experiences; and
  • parents are well informed around cyber-safety issues that may impact on their children.

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All students in diocesan systemic schools have access to a range of cyber-safety education experiences that are planned, programmed and facilitated by school staff such as:

  • an orientation for students each school year that outlines the obligations for students in terms of the school’s Acceptable User Agreement
  • a demonstration of how to access relevant educational resources provided by the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner 
  • engagement in age appropriate and relevant collaborative on-line Virtual Classroom activities such as Cyberbullying, Being a Good Bystander, Making Good Choices Online, Communicating Online, Secret Security Business and Staying Safe in the Game as facilitated by school staff and co-ordinated by the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner.
  • engagement in appropriate and relevant celebrations such as World Safer Internet Day
  • access to Cyber-safety educational experiences that are embedded within the Diocesan PDHPE Teaching Modules K-6 and are aligned with the Diocesan Cyber-Safety Guidelines for Schools

cyber safety 02Teachers

All teachers in diocesan systemic schools have access to a range of professional learning experiences that will equip them to plan, program and facilitate high quality cyber-safety educational experiences for students, such as:

  • participation in an on-line cyber-safety / AUP orientation for teachers
  • a demonstration of how to access on-line educational resources developed by the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner
  • completion of online cyber-safety course for teachers
  • participation in on-line Virtual Classroom professional learning activities that include Digital Rights & Digital Wrongs, Navigating the eSafety Web and Teachers, Technology & the Law
  • information and resourcing sessions conducted by education officers
  • support for the facilitation of DBB PDHPE teaching modules K-6 that are aligned with the DBB Cyber-Safety Guidelines for Schools
  • staff, stage or team meetings that are framed around cyber-safety

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Parents

The Diocesan Schools System is committed to providing parents access to a range of cyber-safety information that will support them to better understand and manage the cyber-safety issues that may impact on their children, such as:

  • articles of interest distributed through the school newsletter
  • provision of information at parent information nights, enrolment information sessions, Diocesan Parent Council (DPC) meetings and P&F meetings
  • access to on-line parent guides developed by the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner
  • cyber-safety information accessible through Catholic Network Australia’s Digital Citizenship & Cybersafety Portal
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