Parental Concerns

 Some Good Online Safety Resources

  • The Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioners Enhancing online safety for children site, leads online safety education for the Australian Government and protects Australian children when they experience cyberbullying by administering a complaints scheme. Checkout: https://www.esafety.gov.au/ to find out more.

  • The Australian Federal Police ThinkUKnow website, is an Internet safety program delivering interactive training to parents, carers and teachers through schools and organisations across Australia. http://www.thinkuknow.org.au/

 

  • The Bullying. No Way! site has been created to promote positive learning environments where every student and school community member is safe, supported, respected and valued. http://bullyingnoway.gov.au/

 

 Practical tips for parents 

The below advice looks at ways you as a parent can teach your children how to use the Internet effectively, so they can enjoy and learn from the Internet safely and securely.

A good guide for parents can also be found at: http://www.avg.com/ebooks/guide-for-parents

Set Boundaries

  • Students don’t need to use the iPad all the time at home.
  • Teenage children need their sleep, so we strongly suggest that the iPad is NOT TAKEN TO BED.
  • If you are experiencing problems, we recommend that you specify:
    • where in the house the iPad can be used
    • where it is to be stored when not in use.

Monitor

  • Talk about Internet activities openly and freely.
  • Have your child use the iPad in a shared family area where you can monitor how long your child is online as well as the websites your child is visiting.
  • Check the history in Safari or any web browser they may have used.
  • If you are experiencing problems with your child/childern being off-task while completing homework/ study time there is the option of setting up Guided Access. Guided Access helps the iPad user to stay focused on a task while using your iPad. Guided Access limits your device to a single app and lets you control which app features are available. 
  • Mobile phones and other digital devices have access the Internet, so these devices need to be monitored also.      

Share the Experience

  • Ask your children to demonstrate the way they use their iPad for school.
  • Ask your children teach to you how to use the iPad.
  • Focus on the positive aspects of the Internet when you sharing the experience with your child. Spend time looking together at sites that are fun, interesting or educational.
  • Encourage your child to question things on the Internet, e.g. “Who is in charge of this site?”, “Have I found information, or is it just opinion?” or “Is this site trying to influence me or sell me something?”.
  • Have a play with the iPad and apps by yourself to better understand how they work .

Protect

  • Explain to your child that not all information on the Internet is good, true or helpful, and that some areas are are not intended for children to see.
  • Help your child identify unsuitable material by naming some things to look out for, such as sites that contain scary or rude pictures, swearing or angry words.
  • Empower your child to use the Internet safely by showing your child safe sites and explaining why they are safe. It’s also important to educate your child on why it’s not safe to give out any personal details online.
  • Use a home internet filter. A range of home internet filters are available. The College is not is a position to recommend specific products. We advise parents to investigate options relevant to their family circumstance. We encourage all families to make use of web filtering at home due to the potential access to explicit and extreme materials that are available online.
  • Parental Controls (restrictions):
    • Parental controls (Restrictions) are available on the iPad, if needed. These restrictions will only work on downloaded iTunes music, games and apps. Restrctions will not restrict or block inappropriate websites when using Safari or any other web browser app. 
    • Parental controls are available on the iPad
    • Please be careful with this feature.
    • Parental controls can block iPad features that will be needed at school.  Please consult the College for clarification.
    • If you forget the password, the device will need to be wiped and reset to factory settings.
    • Detailed instructions can be found at: iPad Parental Controls 

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References

[1] Australian Government. (Cybersmart, http://www.cybersmart.gov.au/Parents.aspx (Accessed 11/11/2011))