Across Australian states and territories, there is a growing consensus that educators have a duty of care to protect students from online harm, just as they do in the offline world.
Learning technologies have opened our classrooms to an exciting new world of information, awareness and connection. But at the same time, they have made students vulnerable to online abuse and distraction.
Bully prevention policies, student engagement practices and acceptable use agreements are some of the ways schools are learning to protect their students in the digital age.
More broadly, raising the awareness of student and parent communities through ongoing education - and encouraging open and open-ended conversations - are among the most effective strategies schools can employ to keep students safe.
But it’s also critical to fight fire with fire - harnessing the power of technology itself in the cyber safety battle, empowering educators and parents to take a strong hand in managing online activity.
Family Zone Education Solutions combines both varieties of firepower - educational and technological - into a powerful holistic solution, by
delivering detailed visibility of students’ online activity
monitoring usage and downloads
blocking and filtering inappropriate content
allowing age- and year-appropriate settings
protecting all student devices - school-mandated and personal - in the classroom, the family room and everywhere in between.
and much, much more.
Should education for respectful relationships be mandatory in Australian schools?