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Cybersafety at North High


Parents’ guide to cyber-safety

As a school we value the support of parents in ensuring that our school is a safe environment. The following strategies, if followed completely, would contribute to and support staff in making the school a safe environment.



• place computers in spaces which are visible and open, like a family room

• monitor or supervise your child on the internet and conduct some “shoulder surfing” or “spontaneous” observing when your child is online. Be aware of what your child is doing on the internet and display an interest in their cyberspace knowledge and experience

• discuss a plan with your child to address cybersafety and cyberbullying. Ensure they know you will be supportive if they report something to you

• reassure your child they will not lose access to their technology if they report anything to you. Many children see this as punishment

• review the age suitability of any social networking sites your child joins

• review your child’s contacts, followers and page content on social networking sites/apps to help you manage their safety and reduce the risk of them associating with inappropriate contacts and content

• educate yourself on the latest threats facing children online

• try to keep communication with your child open and positive so they trust you viewing their profile

• create an account on the social networking site/app your child is using and request to become friends or follow their account. Even if your child resists your request it can still be positive for you to have your own account on the social networking site/app. This can increase your familiarity and understanding of the online environments your child is using

• reinforce the need to keep passwords private and updated regularly, but consider having access to your child’s password yourself

• ensure your child understands the implications of posting images and other content on the internet

• educate your child about appropriate online behaviours. Take time to sit with your child and participate together on the internet. Assist in developing the knowledge they need to communicate responsibly and respectfully with friends, family and other internet users

• set clear rules about your child’s mobile phone and online activities. Talk with your child about which websites and internet activities they are allowed to access

• consider installing appropriate software which has the ability to limit internet usage times and monitor/ restrict website activity

• consider installing on your computer the ‘cybersafety help button’, available from the Commonwealth Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy’s website:

• ensure you are aware of the software and app features installed on your child’s mobile phone, music or tablet device. Many apps have age suitability recommendations and require age confirmation prior to downloading/use. Additionally, many devices support parental controls which prevent access to specific features or content. These controls can be enabled in the settings menu on your child’s device. Consult the device documentation for further information.





Cyberbullying and other cybersafety incidents can be distressing and may be difficult for children to talk about with their parents. Therefore it’s important for parents to keep in mind to:


• encourage your child to maintain social connections with friends and family; this may help if your child’s self-esteem has been affected by the incidents

• notify the police if physical threats are made, your child receives inappropriate content or you have concerns for your child’s safety generally

• ask the mobile service provider or website operator to investigate and remove the inappropriate material

• help your child block anyone who makes them feel uncomfortable, harassed or bullied

• not respond on your child’s behalf — this may further inflame the situation.



 If you find your child is involved in inappropriate online behaviour or cyberbullying:


• explain how the behaviour may have caused harm to the other person, even though it happened in cyberspace

• explain that their behaviour has been unacceptable

• if the behaviour is serious, you may consider removing the child’s access to technology devices for a period of time, or installing software to restrict their internet/mobile phone activities

• carefully monitor your child’s technology use to ensure the unacceptable behaviour does not occur again

• co-operate with the school administration if the school speaks to you or your child about the incident.


As always, the school is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all students. In the even that your child has been a victim of cyber-bullying seek assistance from:


Parentline QLD - 1300 30 1300

Young people are encouraged to call Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800.

Information on cyber-bullying is available from the Guidance Officer or online from


For more information, contact the Guidance Officer, Rob Miller.