National eSmart Week

IGS Primary Students participated in National eSmart Week.

During the week the students from Kindergarten to Year 6 were exposed to a variety of learning experiences that covered:

  • Digital reputation and identity
  • “Blue light” emitting from devices
  • Screen time 
  • Online security
  • Posting appropriate images
  • The difference of being an “upstander” versus a “bystander” online.

“2020 has proved a testing year for all students, parents and teachers online,” said Primary Digital Innovator David Smith.

“More than ever parents are finding out the many ways their children are interacting online through their digital learning and social media platforms. This will only increase as the decade progresses.

“Both parents and teachers need to be well versed in the myriad platforms students interact on and frequently discuss how they can handle and manage negative experiences online. 

“Parents especially need to be empowered in how to manage their child’s online world.

“IGS has always provided various forums for our parent body to gain a deeper knowledge of how to handle this.” 

In Year 6, students discussed what a “digital reputation” was and how to maintain this for future years.

Amanda Klahn 6 Green teacher said “We were amazed at the number of platforms, apps and devices that we use every day that contribute to our footprint.”

“It highlighted to us the importance of thinking before we sign up, log in, share information, chat, comment, search, shop and navigate our way through the digital world,” Ms Klahn said. 

“Our digital footprints stay with us so we need to make sure we know how to manage it. Your digital reputation is the digital footprint created by all the things you say and do online, as well as what others post about you.” 

In Year 5, students explored the ways they can manage their screen time at home.

Junior School Digital Leaders Alice and Anton presented the revamped ICT Code of Conduct to Stage 2 and 3 students.

“This code of conduct is to guide students’ online experience at school and at the same time respect the digital resources they work on,” Mr Smith said.

Parents and carers are encouraged to look at the eSafety Commissioner’s site here to see how much they really know about the latest apps their children are using.