At Beveridge Primary School we support the rights of all members of the school community to be provided with and engage in a safe, inclusive and supportive learning environment. This extends to the use of digital tools and online communities and is underpinned by our expectation of safe and responsible behaviour of all members of the school community.
What are Digital Technologies?
Digital technologies are electronic tools, systems, devices and resources that generate, store or process data, such as computers, laptops, iPads, digital cameras, smart phones, etc.
These also includes social media, online games and applications, multimedia, productivity applications, cloud computing, interoperable systems and mobile devices.
What does it mean to be an eSmart School?
eSmart Schools is a behaviour-change initiative in over 2, 200 schools across Australia. eSmart Schools provides a framework that guides the introduction of policies, practices and whole-school change processes to support the creation of a cyber-safe or eSmart environment. The eSmart Schools Framework is designed to help schools improve cyber safety and reduce cyber bullying and bullying.
Over the past two decades, our lives have been transformed by a digital revolution, opening up a world of possibilities.
Children are the greatest beneficiaries of the digital era and are learning to navigate the online world at a younger and younger age. We need to ensure our communities are equipped to teach children, and the whole community, how to benefit from online technology whilst being savvy and prepared for the pitfalls - cyber bullying, scams, fraud, exposure to predators and inappropriate content.
Through our programs our aim is to create an eSmart Australia, where everyone knows how to be smart, safe and responsible online and passes this information onto our children.
In order to provide a safe and comfortable learning environment for our students and staff, the school has 'Acceptable Use of Digital Technologies Agreements' that all students and parents must understand and sign. Also, a Cyber-Safety program is taught in all classrooms during term 1 every year.
The purpose of the Agreements is to make students/parents aware of what the school considers to be acceptable and unacceptable usage of these digital technologies and to provide guidelines for good practice by students.
All students are introduced/reintroduced to the Agreement during the first weeks of the school year. This document is taken home by the student, and they discuss it with their parents/caregivers. Parents/caregivers then need to sign it, as well as the student, and return it back to the classroom teacher.
Students and Parents/Caregivers have been made aware that breaking any of the rules listed on the Agreement document will cause students to miss out on using the computers or internet for a negotiated period of time as decided by the Principal (or nominee) after consultation with the classroom teacher. Parents/Caregivers will be contacted if the school becomes aware of inappropriate internet/social media use at home.
To see a copy of the Acceptable Use of Digital Technologies Agreement please click on your links below:
Foundation-2 User Agreement
3-6 User Agreement
3-6 Google User Agreement
Information for parentsImportant information for parents about Cyber-safety is available at on the eSafety Commissioner website https://www.esafety.gov.au/parents.
The school recommends all parents are aware of latest cyber threats and to learn to be safe and secure with the connected devices in your lives.It is also important for parents to be aware of social media restriction and age restrictions.Please read this information about the most popular social media sites and apps. Also available are many resources for Parents on being Cyber-Smart, like the Parent Handout on Cyber Safety published by the Australian Government. Click Here. The Internet offers enormous potential benefits for teaching and learning in our school. New technologies such as blogs, personal spaces and social networking tools are now part of young people’s life on the web. These technologies provide opportunities for collaboration and, for learning to occur beyond the classroom. There are, however, some potential dangers when using the Internet and other technologies.These can include:
Although Internet use at Beveridge Primary School is supervised by teachers, our aim is to prepare students for their use of the Internet and other technologies beyond the classroom.In Foundation, Internet safety education is focused on general discussion within the context of ICT sessions such as caring for computers, keeping passwords safe and accessing selected Internet sites.In Years 1- 6 students participate in a more structured Internet safety program involving the use of online multimedia resources and discussion of current issues. These resources can be accessed at home and also have sections with information for parents.
In Grades 3-6, students get the opportunity to use Google’s Workspace for Education on Lenovo Chromebooks.
Each grade level has access to a trolley of school owned Chromebooks, or you may decide to purchase you own Chromebook. Chromebooks can be purchased through the following weblink on the school’s LWT portal (Learning with Technologies) and click ‘Buy Now’. https://beveridge.orderportal.com.au/
The same 2 types of Chromebooks owned by the school can be purchased through the LWT portal.