10 Feb 2012
Ivanhoe Grammar School is preparing to launch a new cyber safety initiative that will involve students being more proactive in shaping the social media policy of the school and taking greater responsibility for their online activities.
The CyberAngels will be a new student group, to be launched this year, that will work closely with students and staff at the School to help propose and implement social media practice and guidelines.
The CyberAngels' goal will be to produce, through consultation and consensus, a student Social Media Code of Ethics. This model will be emulated on all three campuses, enacting the Round Square pillars of Democracy and Leadership and ensuring that it is the voice of students speaking to their classmates about what is appropriate online behaviour.
This week the School recognised Safer Internet Day, an initiative of the European cyber safety organisation InSafe. The theme was 'Connecting Generations and Educating each Other'.
Ivanhoe Grammar School has always taken a collaborative approach to online behaviour policy and recognises the importance of getting parents actively involved in monitoring and understanding their children's online activity. As part of this approach, the iCyberSafe website was created, to help keep parents up to date on the latest cyber safety trends and information.
The iCyberSafe website can be used by anyone wanting to find out more about cyber safety issues and how to tackle them. Parents, teachers and friends are encouraged to subscribe to the website so that they can receive regular updates to help combat cyber bullying.