Safe on Social Media
As you know we were privileged to have Kirra Pendergast working with the Loreto community in a ‘whole school approach’ to being ‘Safe on Social Media’ in early June. Students were highly engaged in the workshops with Kirra as she took them through some key areas including privacy and security as well as legal matters related to social media. Kirra was so impressed by the discussion and questions raised by our girls and suggests there is still much conversation needed in this area. This is such an important area for adolescents today and teachers continued the dialogue in small group workshops last week.
Our approach to tackling some of the issues surrounding social media use also requires an informed and concerted effort from parents. I know that those who attended Kirra’s parent workshop found the session enlightening and thought provoking. Kirra provided a strong message around the need for proactive parenting and setting clear boundaries in relation to social media use. You may find the social media tips for parents provided here by Safe on Social Media useful.
I encourage parents to engage in regular conversation with your daughter around her own use of social media and apply the same expectations and boundaries to her ‘online’ world that you have for her ‘offline’ world. Issues such as sexting and child pornography are confronting topics, yet are important ones that need to be addressed. It is concerning to know that 15% of 15-17 year olds have had images shared without their consent ( Office of eSafety).
Please review this fact sheet from Safe on Social Media with information on relevant laws that you might find useful when engaging in conversation about this with your daughter.
Mrs Lynn Long
Director Pastoral Care