A comprehensive list of College Policies and Procedures are available internally. A growing list of Policies are in the process of being added to this website.
Staying Safe in an Online World
Keeping people safe whilst online is an increasingly challenging task as technology rapidly develops. By understanding more about how your children are connecting online and what they are specifically using technology for, you will be better able to promote safe online behaviours.
Online safety is more achievable for everyone if there are open-ended conversations between the people that have life experiences (you) and those who seem au fait with technology (your daughter(s) ).
Blocking, banning and denial strategies do little to prepare your children for the online dangers that await them when you are not around. The luring, bright lights and dark alleyways of the internet should be discussed as they are encountered giving you a chance to provide timely advice and learn something about their use of technology at the same time.
Talk to your daughter
Just as you ask your daughter about her day at school, if she spends time on the internet in the evening, then have a chat about what she has done and seen online. If this is becomes a regular conversation, you will find it much easier to discuss issues as they arise.
Avoid banning technology
Whilst extremely tempting, and often the first response to such an issue, this will be the primary reason that your daughter will be reluctant to share information about cyber bullying.
They will not share information with you if your response is to restrict their use of their technology.
Talk to your daughter about how to develop strategies for her to have access, but with which you know that she is using this technology safely.
- No technology in bedrooms after 9:00pm (or appropriate) time, at night.
- No closed doors when using technology away from family areas.
Remember, no-one learns to swim if the swimming pools are all locked.
Report cyber bullying
If your daughter tells you that she has been cyber bullied, you, and your daughter, should do the following:
- save evidence so that you can show someone.
- block that contact from any further instances
- report that contact to whichever social network was being used.
Access to inappropriate sites
Even with the strongest parental controls, teenagers can often find a way to circumvent filters and access sites that would be considered inappropriate. If you go into their room and see them looking at something inappropriate, have a conversation about what they’re doing. If they’re embarrassed, ask them why. Ask them why you might be unhappy with what they’re looking at.
Protect against online grooming
Talk to your daughter about the dangers of talking with strangers online. Make sure they know that they should never give out personal information or arrange to meet with people they don’t know.
You should know who their close friends are and make it your business to find out about their “new” friends, especially “online” ones, whenever you can.
Keep an eye on social networks
If your daughter is using any form of social networking, have her show you how to set the privacy settings. If she doesn’t know, at least that is a starting point for you both to find out. If she has set privacy settings, great, but check them with her and ask questions about what she thinks she is showing other online users.
Children under 13 should not be on social networks at all.
Set up filtered controls
Whilst you are probably able to set up filtering for your home network, often this takes quite a bit of adjustment so that you can achieve the balance that you are after (safe browsing for family members versus access to a broad range of websites). If the controls are on, any device connected to your internet will be filtered through parental controls.
Once again – talk to your daughter
Worrying in silence is of no use to anyone. If you’re concerned about your daughter’s internet use then you should talk to her. If you think such a discussion with your daughter will be difficult, then ask a family friend, older cousin or sibling to have a chat. The inconvenience of any “difficult” discussion may well be better than some of the possible consequences from ignoring the situation.
Cyber-bullying is an issue that can cause significant harm. Please contact the school counsellors, here at Loreto College, for further advice and strategies. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Should you have any queries, or wish to seek further information about how Loreto College can support you and your daughter’s safe use of technology, please contact the school.
Other information is available from many sources such as :
IT Policies and Documents
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- Loreto Digital Device Agreement 2018
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Refund Policy – Online Donations
We are grateful for donations to Loreto College. As donations are made online without our assistance/involvement sometimes errors may occur.
Errors in Amount Pledged – Policy
Should an error be made in the amount of any donation, please notify Loreto College as soon as possible of the error. Requests for refunds can be made by contacting Loreto College by email at email@example.com or by phone at (03) 5329 6100.
Errors by Us – Policy
Of course, should an error be made by Loreto College or its financial institution(s), full refunds will be made immediately upon notification of the error.
All prices displayed on this website are in Australian (AUD) dollars.
Loreto College does not collect Personal Information* about you when you visit Loreto Managed websites. You can visit Loreto managed websites without revealing Personal Information* unless you choose to provide such information.
Site visit data
Loreto College makes a record of your visit and logs the following information for statistical purposes:
- your server’s address
- the name of the top-level domain from which you access the Internet (for example, .gov, .com, .au, .nz, etc)
- the date and time of the visit to the site
- the pages accessed and documents downloaded
- the previous Internet address from which you linked directly to the Loreto College managed website.
We will not identify users or their browsing activities, except where a law enforcement agency (or other government agency) may exercise a legal authority to inspect the ISP logs (eg by warrant, subpoena or notice to produce).
A cookie is a piece of information that an Internet website sends to your browser when you access information at that site. Only the Loreto College donations page will store cookies on your browser. The rest of the Loreto College website does not store cookies on your browser.
Email management and Online forms – collection of Personal Information
Your email address will only be recorded if you choose to send a message. It will only be used for the purpose for which you have provided it and will not be added to a mailing list unless you have requested this. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose, and will not be disclosed, without your consent.
If you are asked for any other Personal Information* you will be informed how it will be used if you choose to give it.
Loreto College maintains the same level of security for Personal Information* collected in an electronic format as it does for that collected in paper format. However, if you are providing Personal Information* via an email or an online form you should be aware that there are some risks to transmitting data via the Internet. Loreto College is not currently using encryption for secure data transfer except for the transfer of credit card information.
For More Information
Community Relations Officer
Loreto College Ballarat
1600 Sturt Street
BALLARAT VIC 3353
Phone – 03 5329 6100
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