Director of ICT

Don’t do anything alone that we can’t do together.

Last week when attending the Loreto Schools of Australia Committee (LSAC) Leadership Conference in Ballarat, I was particularly inspired by the words of advice “Don’t do anything alone that we can’t do together,” provided by Sr Wendy Hildebrand IBVM. These words caused me to reflect on my work at Loreto. I reflected on the work which I do, together with the Information Communication and Technology (ICT) Team and the collaborative effort that is required in supporting students, teaching and support staff with the use of technology. Being part of a diverse ICT Team, we continually face ongoing challenges to support current and future technologies, whether it be a project or problem-based learning. The view that ICT is moving away from being a break fix workshop and more towards being service focused and forward thinking, is something that continues to motivate us as a team and requires us to continually look for new ways to respond to our work in a changing world.

Technology continues to evolve and is changing the way we learn, live and work. Today we are still adjusting to this new reality. With each new service that comes online, we move more of our lives, more of ourselves, into the digital world.  As our world becomes increasingly digital, with the reliance on technology, it is important that we remind ourselves  how to be a good online citizen.  Being a good online citizen (or Digital Citizen) is about being responsible and respecting yourself and others in the online world. Here at Loreto Normanhurst we continue to guide and educate our students to provide the skills on how to act responsibly online. In this year of Sincerity, we are also guiding our students to consider how they engage with others in an authentic and respectful way. As much of their communication is through their online world, it is important that they are aware of appropriate online engagement.  We know that this is something that again requires a team effort, the School working together with parents to ensure that our students are aware of their rights as well as their responsibilities when in their online world.

Here are some tips you may wish to discuss with your daughter about being a good online citizen:

  • Treat others the way you want to be treated. Ensure your online conversations are engaging, positive and polite.
  • Respect the rights of others to participate and have an opinion.
  • Don’t post anything on social media you are not prepared to say face to face.
  • Be careful what you share online whether it is an opinion, tweet, or photo.
  • Seek permission before tagging other people or when posting photos of friends or family.
  • Speak to a trusted adult or parent if you come across an unsettling experience.
  • Protect your friends and speak out about cyberbullying.
  • Keep your passwords secret. These must not be shared with even your closest friends.
  • Respect the rules when using an online service. Online services such as Facebook and Twitter have rules and guidelines in place to allow users to have the best experience as possible.
  • Choose privacy and security settings carefully and check them regularly. Some online services have settings in place to ensure conversations or your profile is private.

There are many resources online and two great places to start is by engaging with the resources provided here:

  1. SchoolTV – Social Media & Digital Reputation – SchoolTV has some excellent information for parents from a range of experts as well as a quiz to check just how much you know about social media and digital reputation.
  2. eSafety Commissioner website  –  eSafety website has a range of resources to have safe, positive experiences online.

How do you promote yourself as a good online citizen? Happy to hear about it.

 

Mr Mark Bayliss

Director of ICT