A school community approach to cyber safety.

In the last 12 months, a disturbing trend has begun to emerge. Mobile technology has become ubiquitous in our school community. The students are focusing more and more on social media as a means of communication and entertainment during recess, lunch and even between classes. Whilst we acknowledge that there are many benefits to mobile technology which allows for easy communication, we are becoming increasingly concerned with the impact of social media (which is by and largefacilitated by mobile technology), on the social and emotional and learning outcomes of our students.
There is growing research which links the excessive use of social media with poor wellbeing outcomes, sleep hygiene issues and lower academic outcomes. As a result, we have reviewed and amended our current mobile phone and internet policy. 
In summary, PLC Sydney will be partnering with Family Zone, an internet security and cyber safety service provider, who will supply PLC Sydney with the capacity to block social media apps on mobile devices and monitor our students’ footprint on internet sites while they are at school. Registering with Family Zone will also give parents the capacity to monitor their daughter’s mobile and internet use outside of school hours and in the home. Parents will be asked to register with Family Zone as a parent of PLC. Every student in Years 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 will be required to have the Family Zone monitoring app downloaded and registered with PLC Family Zone before they bring their mobile devices to school. This includes iPads used in the Junior School. Parents will incur no cost for registering with Family Zone and using its services.

Why we've chosen Family Zone

Trusted by the Australian Government’s eSafety commission

Endorsed by Australia’s leading cyber safety experts

Broad suite of devices

Enables delivery of our access policies across the school network and on student devices

School Community features

Offers both school and optional parent features allowing our school community to work together

Benefits for parents

With Family Zone, parents can opt to provide their children with the same protection they receive during school hours - at home and everywhere in between.

Safe content

Removes adult content for safe searching

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A team of leading educators, psychologists and law-enforcement professionals specialising in online safety and education, Cyber Experts work collaboratively with Family Zone to provide world-leading research, advice and support to our School Community subscribers.

Jordan Foster, ySafe Founder and National Cyber Safety Expert
‘Australians of all ages have the right to access technology in a safe, informed and supported environment. ySafe is committed to helping schools and families provide a solid foundation for the young people in their care to navigate the digital world safely and productively across their lifespan.’

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