Pastoral Care

Travelling on public transport

Students have been advised of the following:

  • Tap on and tap off with their Opal Card when using Public Transport. This will assist with the tracking of details in the event that this is necessary.
  • Following NSW Health advice, wearing a face mask while using Public transport is strongly recommended.
  • Students using private buses may also choose to wear a mask.

Technology reminders

Technology is wonderful, however its ubiquitous nature requires students to exercise caution. In today’s world it is especially important for young people to protect their digital reputation. It is equally important that parents are aware of their daughter’s online world. There are many aspects to this, however, and this week we would like to share some thoughts with you about digital reputation and mobile phone use.

Children, especially during their teenage years, learn the importance of their reputation as part of growing up. Offline, a child’s reputation can be established through behaviour in the classroom and the playground, their treatment of friends, and academic, artistic or sporting achievements. Your child’s online reputation is defined by both the content they post about themselves and what others post about your child. Tagged photos, blog posts and social networking interactions will all shape how your child is perceived online and offline. A poor digital reputation can affect friendships, relationships and future job prospects.

Students need to protect their digital reputation by:

  • Thinking before they post. Does everything about their life really need to be online? How might this affect them in the future?
  • Setting their profile to private and checking privacy settings regularly to make sure default options haven’t changed. This will allow them to control who sees what they post online. Visit the eSafety Commissioner website for more information on how to protect your child’s privacy online. The eSafety website has a section on games, apps and social networking with step-by-step instructions to control your settings for each social networking platform.
  • Keeping an eye on photos tagged by friends. Even if your child’s profile is private, the content friends post might be available for the world to see. Some social media sites allow users to approve tags before they are attached to their profile.

Mobile devices are great for keeping in touch and now with smartphones your daughter can connect online whenever and wherever they are. You can support your daughter’s use of their mobile phone by making them aware of the following:

  • Nothing is really ever free. Be wary of advertisements for free downloads; you may be automatically subscribed to a service which can become very expensive. When buying a phone, check details of the plan or contract and don’t accept offers that sound too good to be true.
  • Protect your privacy. Only give out your mobile number to people you know and trust. Don’t give out other people’s numbers without their permission.
  • Think before you send or forward mobile content such as photos, texts and videos. Where might they end up?
  • Activate security features so that if your phone is lost or stolen, you can protect your personal information.
  • If your phone is lost or stolen, notify your network carrier and the police immediately. It is smart to record your unique International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number just in case it is lost or stolen in the future.
  • Treat your phone like your wallet. Don’t store bank PINs or other passwords in your phone. Use a pin code to lock your phone if possible.

 

There is a recurring discussion in conversations with parents of how challenging you find the conversation with your daughter about setting boundaries around technology. The Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner is one resource specifically developed for parents that we can highly recommend you visit.  The eSafety Commissioner is committed to helping young people have safe, positive experiences online. Their website has excellent resources, research, information about privacy and what steps can be taken to manage offensive or illegal content. It is important that you partner with the school to create safe, productive online reputations for your daughters. 

Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 will participate in a Zoom webinar next week from Kirra Pendergast; an expert in digital and social media media safety. You can read about Kirra’s work in her Safe on Social Media website. A follow up parent session will provide important information about social media, digital footprints and tips for parents in understanding and managing their child’s smart phone and social media use. Further reference to this session was provided in Ms Ugonotti’s letter to parents on August 5 2020 and the links will be shared via FACE Online.

Specifically addressing Year 12 students, Paul Dillon will speak to that cohort via Zoom during House time in Week 4. He will address decision making with a specific reference to the health risks of vaping. Paul Dillon will also host a parent webinar the following week, on August 19 from 7pm to 8pm. The details of this parent session will also be forwarded to you via FACE online.

If you would like to discuss aspects of your daughter’s wellbeing at any time, please do not hesitate to contact her Tutor or Advisor

 

SchoolTV

SchoolTV is a digital resource for parents to assist in navigating your way through the challenges of modern-day parenting. Every month, Dr Michael Carr-Gregg introduces a new topic and interviews specialists  to offer their advice. Information is presented in bite-size pieces that you can watch and read anywhere at any time on any device.  Click the SchoolTV image to access the website. Please bookmark for easy access in the future. 

Conversations this Week

Year 12 Learning conversation with Ms Albert
Year 11 Community Service with Assistant Tutors
Year 10 Conversations with Heads of House
Year 9 ‘Songlines’ Conversation with Mr McGee
Year 8 Conversations with Tutors
Year 7 Building Social Skills Conversation with Advisors

 

Mrs Marysa Boland and Mr Justin Madigan

Deans of Pastoral Care