Junior School - Term 1, Week 7, 2019

Digital Citizenship – It is OK to Tell
All of our Stage 2 students undertake a Digital Citizenship course at the start of the school year. It is reviewed at regular intervals during the year to remind students of appropriate ways to conduct themselves when using digital technologies. We use the terms Wise, Caring and Skilful to summarise how we all should act online. Wise is about making good choices. Caring reflects the idea that students should think about the impact on others before in all of their activities. Being skilful with technology is essential in today’s world, we need to understand and navigate technology well.

In all of the lessons, one message is reinforced to the students. "It is OK to tell”. This is such an important message because children may see something online that they do not like. It may be an intentionally placed image or text, or just something they do not understand or like. Rather than hide or pretend it was not there, we encourage the students to tell a trusted adult. It is in communicating to an adult that a good solution can be found.

One of the challenges to this message is the FOMO concept – Fear Of Missing Out. Children tend to be slow to report their concerns because they are worried about getting into trouble and losing their technology access. This means missing out on the latest game, or similar. My encouragement to all parents is to promote open and honest conversations with your child. Create an environment where it is completely safe to "Tell”. Likewise, keep accountability high and always check your child’s online activities whilst they are online and after. It is easy to slip into a habit of not checking so be encouraged to stay vigilant and engaged with your child.

A 2013 research paper (link below) provided some insight into how to assist our children with knowing right from wrong when online. Simply put, it is not about separating online from offline behaviour but providing a solid, moral compass for our children in all aspects of their life. It is from this set of values and beliefs that they will then behave whilst online. The report states “Rather than sliding into a moral vacuum when they go online, young people draw upon the same moral framework that shapes their offline engagements. This underlines the importance of parents continuing to have open and ongoing conversations with young people about the online activities that reiterate their family’s values”. In the context of Pacific Hills, we partner with parents to bring consistency in the teaching and living out of values at home and school. Our programs are designed to help students develop habits that are grounded in Biblical truths.

View research paper - www.cybersafekids.com.au/digital-citizens/
E-Safety website – www.esafety.gov.au/education-resources/iparent
It’s OK to Tell – click here

Year 3 NAPLAN occurs in Term 2 with Language Conventions and Writing 14 May, Reading 15 May, Numeracy 16 May with the catch up day being Friday 17 May. If you have any questions about your child’s NAPLAN involvement, please speak to Mrs Stewart in the first instance. All tests are done in pen and paper form, there are no online components in 2019.

Bullying No Way Day
The students in Junior School all received a wrist band to remind them of the conversations and teaching about bullying. Students may wear these for the remainder of the term. The students are reminded regularly to report issues of poor behaviour and bullying to a teacher. If parents know of any situations, please ensure these are reported to the class teacher.

Parent Teacher Interviews, Monday 25 to Friday 29 March
An email has been sent regarding interviews. If you did not receive the email, please contact the Junior School office to ensure your email details are correct.

Mr Scott Cousins
Head of Junior School

Dates for your Diary
25-29 March Parent Teacher interviews
28 March JS Assembly
9 April Fun Run
12 April Whole School Assembly
12 April 40thAnniversary Celebrations
12 April Last day of term