Scared Heart Girls College Oakleigh

Cyber Safety

Living in a world of rapid technological change, where many of the employment and recreational opportunities of tomorrow are yet to be invented or realised, Sacred Heart Girls' College believes willing hearts and open minds are key to the development of responsible, competent and creative users of digital technology.

The increasing access to technologies means our girls can benefit from a wider range of resources and tools that assist them in their learning.  However, we also take seriously the need to support and educate all within our community about the responsible and effective use of these technologies. As such we are committed to staying abreast of the issues relating to cyber safety and appropriate online behaviours.

To improve online safety for all students at home and at school, the Australian Government has developed an on-line website for students to access. The Cyber Safety Help Button provides internet users, particularly children and young people with easy and immediate online access to cyber safety information and assistance. It provides counselling, reporting and educational resources designed to assist children deal with online risks including cyber bullying, unwanted contact, scams and fraud, and offensive or inappropriate material.

To access your own Cyber Safety button to install on your desktop simply go to www.dbcde.gov.au/helpbutton and follow the prompts.

Alternatively, you can access the Government Website from the link below:

 

Cyber Safety Catholic Perspective

In addition to the government website the Catholic Schools Office has launched the "Cyber Safety Resources for Parents" site to further support parents. The website covers such issues as: Stranger Danger, Cyberbullying, Financial Exploitation and Social Networking. The site differs from existing websites dedicated to Cyber Safety as it seeks to address the issues through the context of faith. It identifies some of the dangers of the Internet by using the wisdom of our faith tradition and encourages us to be alert to those aspects of the Internet which can be a danger to our safety, to our human dignity and to our relationships to each other.

The website can be accessed through the following link: