Social media can provide an enjoyable way to socialise, keep in touch and be informed. I know the Port Kennedy P&C Facebook page is a fantastic source of information for our parent body and highlights the positive things happening within our school community.
Last year we had a Cyber Safety expert, Brett Lee, speak to staff and parents in an information session after school. He made many important points that I would again like to mention, this is whether using the P&C Facebook page, or a private page that is used for parents to communicate.
- Comments about a school community can have a greater impact than expected. It can have real life consequences for the reputations of individuals including teachers, parents, students and the person commenting.
- As parents and carers you are your child’s first role model when it comes to online behaviour. We need, as adults, to make sure that our online behaviour demonstrates how we can use social media respectfully and safely.
- There are also legal implications around what is shared or commented on social media.
He also shared that all the schools that he had worked with, including Port Kennedy, valued feedback and considered it very important. If you have a concern, rather than going online, speak directly to your child’s teacher, Deputy Principal or Principal.
Brett also spoke at length about making sure that your child is safe, there are numerous measures to block certain sites at different times. Of course the easiest way to ensure your child’s safety, and so you have some control, is for your child not to take their devices with them when going to bed. Also parents should make themselves familiar with the age restrictions for different sites; there is a great deal of research into why they have been put in place.
Please remember to bring in your swimming permission note and payment by Friday 9th March. We will NOT be accepting notes or payment after this date.