What is Cybersafety?
As 21st Century learners, it is important that our students learn to use technology safely and ethically. Cybersafety is the safe and responsible use of Information and Communication Technolgies (ICT), and may include issues such as cyberbullying, privacy issues and sexting. It is important to remember that, while there may be issues with the use of technology, there are many strategies that students can use to make their use of technology safe and positive.
What is Sexting?
'Sexting' means sending sexually explicit photos or videos electronically (eg. by mobile phone, app, chat, social networking or email). With modern technology this can be done instantly, but it can have serious and lasting consequences.
For people under 18, sexting is illegal. It is a criminal offence to take, possess, or transmit a naked image of a person under the age of 18 years. It doesn’t matter if your child took their own photo and willingly sent or published it. You cannot ‘give someone permission’ to break the law. Penalties for these offences are very serious and can result in your child being placed on the sex offender’s register.
It is important that you regularly talk to your child about their experiences with communications technology. Make sure that you continually reinforce that your child should come to you if they have any problems, if they see something that they know is wrong or anything that upsets them.
If you require further support or information, please contact the College. Further information is also available from the following links:
Online Information on Cybersafety:
CyberSmart from the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), Australian Government
Cybersmart from Youth Central, Victoria
Further information is also available under the ICT tab of the College webpage.