School gets eS­mart

Pinjarra Murray Times - - THE SCHOOL REPORT -

FRED­ER­ICK Ir­win Angli­can School has at­tained eS­mart sta­tus through The Alan­nah and Made­line Foun­da­tion.

Since Fred­er­ick Ir­win first reg­is­tered with the pro­gram last year, the school has in­tro­duced many new poli­cies and ac­tiv­i­ties to im­prove the way it man­ages cy­ber­safety, bul­ly­ing and cy­ber­bul­ly­ing.

Prin­ci­pal Kerry Robert­son said she felt con­fi­dent stu­dents, staff and the wider school com­mu­nity were now well sup­ported to be smart, safe and re­spon­si­ble users of dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy.

“We en­cour­age ev­ery­one in the school com­mu­nity to con­tinue to up­hold and pro­mote eS­mart be­hav­iours at school and at home,” she said.

ICT co-or­di­na­tor Candice Shier said that the Cy­ber­leader pro­gram, in­tro­duced as part of the eS­mart school process, had been re­ward­ing for stu­dents.

“The re­search sug­gests peers are the first stop ap­proach for help when deal­ing with a neg­a­tive on­line en­vi­ron­ment,” she said.

“Our Year 10 Cy­ber­lead­ers nom­i­nate them­selves and take time out of their busy school sched­ules to put to­gether ed­u­ca­tional cy­ber­safety pre­sen­ta­tions for pri­mary school stu­dents and Year 7s.

“The pre­sen­ta­tions are such a great way to con­vey mes­sages about on­line safety through the dif­fer­ent year lev­els at the school.

“They en­cour­age stu­dents to share their ex­pe­ri­ences and how they can im­prove their on­line jour­neys.”

Some cy­ber­lead­ers with the eS­mart school sig­nage.

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