Online safety is a constant challenge in today’s high tech world.


GISS welcomed Gitta Johnston and Eva Fraser to the school for a special presentation on e-safety and protecting your digital reputation. The interactive discussion navigated attendees through the pros and cons of the internet and how to help prepare children to be cyber responsible and cyber ready.


Principal Seifert, encouraged not only GISS students and their parents to attend but the wider community and explains “As the internet can virtually take children anywhere in the world, there are online risks for children and the school needs to be at the forefront, ensuring we provide students and parents with the tools to tackle internet pitfalls.  I believe the Cyber-Sanity presentation empowered both parents and children, and will result in them making informed decisions while online and becoming cyber responsible”.


Cyber-bullying was a focus topic of the presentation with Eva and Gitta offering parents guidelines on safe online practices, prevention of cyber bullying and how to recognise the warning signs if their child is being bullied.


Here are a few tips from the Minimum Harm programme:


For parents:

- Computers should be housed in a common area of the house in full view of entire family.

- Start setting rules as early as possible. For teenagers you can even develop a family contract about online behaviour that both children and parents sign.

- Educate – children need to be aware of online risks and how to prevent them.

- Have an open communication about cyber safety, but also supervise (e.g. check the browser history, be your child’s friend on Facebook, install Internet Filter Software)

- Keep iPhones, iPods and iPads out of kids’ rooms at night. Cyber-bullying can happen 24/7.

For kids:

- STOP & think before you send a text message or posting a comment online.

- Never meet “online friends” without your parent’s permission and without them attending. 

- Advise parent, teacher or family member if you find somebody approaching you inappropriately online.

- Always seek permission before tagging a friend online and don’t share your password with friends.

- Never reveal personal information like your address, phone, school or age and never post inappropriate pictures.

- Always respect others the same way you would like to be respected.

- Remember that everything that you post on the Internet stays there and leaves a digital footprint. Even if you delete a photo, others might have passed it on. It can have a massive impact in your later life when applying for a job for example.

- Be careful with pop ups, it can be spam or a possible computer virus.

- Always ask permission from parent, teacher or adult before downloading data.

How  to impede a cyber-bully:

- Share your feelings. Talk to parents, family member, teacher or friend

- Immediately block the person.

- Collect the evidence. Save messages or take a photo of your phone before you delete them.

- Report abuse to the provider or website, report serious threats to the police.

- Ignore the bullying. Don’t reply as this fuels them on.

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