From the Assistant Principal
Important Dates for Term 2
- Monday 23rd May: Year 12 Parent / Teacher/ Student Interviews, 4.00-7:30 pm – Penola Building
- Monday 13th June: Queen’s Birthday holiday
- Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th June: Year 11 Drama Production, 6:30-8:30pm
- Monday 27th June: Athletics Carnival
- Thursday 30th June: Last day of classes for students. Dismissal at 12:50pm
- Thursday 30th June: Year 7-11 Parent / Teacher/ Student Interviews, 3:30-7:30pm
- Friday 1st July: Year 7-11 Parent / Teacher/ Student Interviews, 9.00am-3.00pm
Privacy Awareness Week
Cyber Safety and Security
Keeping personal information off social media and other online platforms is a small and easy step you can take to ensure your safety both on and offline. Students at the college are advised about the acceptable use of technologies in the learning environment and their social environment. We have a pastoral program that addresses these issues, and we also respond as issues arise. As parents and carers, it is important to embed these behaviours in children from a young age. As children rely more and more on devices connected to the internet for school and socialising, managing their own privacy, and that of their family and friends online becomes more critical.
Keeping your private information PRIVATE
We are in a time when internet and specifically social media users often share almost every aspect of their day to day life online. This can include photos of their pets, homes, loved ones and even what they ate for breakfast. Nothing is sacred! People often forget about the information that is shared via photographs. If someone wanted to hack your email, social media pages, or even your bank accounts, they will usually begin by gathering publically information from your online profiles
Managing your privacy
With Privacy Awareness Week falling in May, it’s a good opportunity to reflect on the fact that your privacy is in your hands. You would never walk around in public with your name, email address and photos of your family and home on a sign above your head, yet we willingly broadcast it to the world on our social media. Strangers can potentially see where you live, who’s in your family, your workplace, your movements and when you are taking holidays. Watch our privacy awareness week video which deals with the importance of secure passwords.
Checking privacy settings – social media apps and sites may change their privacy policies so it’s important to regularly review privacy settings to make sure they are as secure as they can be. When your update your phone’s operating system or an app, they often return to their default settings. Make sure you check your settings regularly and ensure they are set to the most secure option.
Researching digital shadow – Social Media is a useful tool for keeping in contact and taking simple precautions to secure social networking profiles can ensure any private and personal information shared is protected. Regularly search your name, email address or usernames online to find out just how private you are. This can be a great way to see if there is information out there about you and your family. Meta search engines such as www.pipl.com or www.dogpile.com search multiple databases at once.
Images from the Study Tour of Europe 2016