Safe use of Information and Communication Technologies

Learning is a social activity. It happens when people interact with other people and their ideas, knowledge and perspectives. Technology provides children and students with new and engaging ways to learn. Technology expands social and knowledge networks so that children and students access current information, interact with experts and participate in peer teaching and learning. Using technology they can publish their learning, as evidence of achievement or to invite feedback for improvement.

It is important to both protect and teach children, students and adults, while they learn to safely use all forms of technology and become responsible digital citizens. This includes adults thinking ahead of new risks and children and students learn how to avoid exposure to inappropriate material or activities, and protecting themselves when they are online. They need to learn how to use all forms of technology, including mobile technologies and social networking sites, in responsible and ethical ways.

In addition, they need to feel confident about alerting the adults in their lives when they are feeling unsafe, threatened, bullied or exposed to inappropriate events. In response, it is important adults take appropriate actions to protect the child or young person. All of this reflects our journey to becoming an eSmart accredited school.