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The Catholic Schools Office aims to ensure students at each of our schools and their parents or carers are well informed about cybersafety so they have the best possible outcomes from using the internet.

In addition to the education provided at schools about cyber-safety and workshops and seminars offered to parents, the CSO recommends utilising the resources of the Australian Government eSafety Commissioner.The CSO acknowledges that threats to our safety, human dignity, and relationships with others and with God can manifest themselves within the digitally connected world of the 21st Century. As such, the eSafety Commissioner websiteaims to ensure parents are well informed when it comes to the internet and have access to user-friendly information, links and resources from one central point.

The site also aims to inform all parents on ways they can be proactive and cyber savvy whilst also ensuring their children are educated to use the internet safely and are aware of the consequences if they don’t.

Information is provided on everything from social media, unwelcome websites, stranger danger, cyberbullying and financial exploitation to unlawful use and useful contacts.The site not only has preventative measures and ideas for parents to implement at home, but also has information which aims to assist parents in dealing with unexpected circumstances, such as a child being the victim of cyber-bullying, or in fact, the cyber bully!

The internet and Facebook are integral to our lives today but parents needn't be frightened if they educate themselves and their children about how to usethe internet, social networking and all mobile internet devices, especially mobile phones, ina safe and sensible way.

There are risksbut it is like learning to drive, if we learn the rules of the road thenwe reduce the risk of hurting ourselves and others.

View the eSafety website .