We have a no tolerance approach to Cyber Bullying. If we find a student using chats or social networking sites inappropriately, their computer will be locked down, and their parents contacted immediately. We should not see swearing, put downs, bullying, or any other inappropriate material on their pages or in their chat transcripts.
Just to note, we encourage our students to use correct grammar and punctuation during chats and when posting comments. Text language should ONLY be used in texts.
Facebook is the largest social network in the world and has over 600 million active users. Facebook is a great way to keep in touch with family and friends over large distances, however, we need to learn how to use Facebook responsibly. Students are NOT allowed to log in, to a Facebook from their school computer, at home or at school.
Facebook is restricted to 13 years and over, so if you choose to let your child have a Facebook account, consider the following:
Ross Intermediate Facebook Page and Ross Intermediate Snap TV allow parents and whanau to be kept up-to-date with what is happening at Ross Intermediate. Both pages can be viewed WITHOUT logging in to a Facebook account.
Browsing the Internet
The internet is a wonderful resource and is now such a big part of our lives, some countries believe it is a Human Right to have access to the internet. However, it is not the be all and end all and we need to monitor our use. Students need breaks between computer use. They are not on their computer for longer than 1 hour in class, so we would expect the same at home. Encourage them to have a break, eat something, get out and exercise.
At Ross Intermediate, we have a filtering system called Watch Dog which filters out inappropriate sites and images. We teach our students that if something inappropriate does come up, they need to report it straight away. None of the internet history should be deleted so both you and your child's teacher can view it if necessary. Below is a clip on how to check your child's internet history.
Checking Browser History
If you have any questions about the points on this page, please do not hesitate to contact me.
I'll leave you with a video to contemplate...
The above information has been adapted from http://rossintroom19.blogspot.co.nz/p/cyber-safety.html Thank you to Miss Beauchamp for allowing us to share it.