The dignity of the human person is a central truth of the Gospel message of Jesus. At St Columbkille's, we believe that all members of the community have the right to a learning and working environment free from intimidation, humiliation and harm. We all share a responsibility to create a culture of caring which will not tolerate bullying.
We believe that bullying must be taken seriously and is not acceptable in any form – including cyber-bullying, a growing concern for parents, carers and educators. In witnessing Christian values we reject ideas, beliefs and behaviours, which marginalise or victimise people.
View the Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong (CEDoW) Social Media Policy and CEDoW Social Media Statement and Standards, which outline expectations around CEDoW staff, student and parent/community use of social media. In the context of creating vibrant Catholic school communities of faith and learning, users of social media are required to manage their digital footprint by interacting responsibly and ethically, in line with our Catholic ethos, respecting the dignity of all involved.
Students and parents/carers are also required to sign the CEDoW Student Responsible Use of Technology Agreement at the commencement of each year.
St Columbkille's is a nationally accredited eSmart school, where the smart, safe and responsible use of information and communication technology is a cultural norm. Students, teachers and the wider school community are equipped to embrace the best these technologies can offer, while being savvy about the pitfalls.
All classes from Kindergarten to Year 6 are taught Digital Citizenship under the five domains, embedded within the learning and teaching at St Columbkille's:
Teachers use a range of resources developed by the Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong, the Office of the eSafety Commissioner and other online safety organisations, to assist in the ongoing education of our students in being safe and responsible digital citizens.
Below are some valuable links with information and resources to support students, parents, carers and educators in addressing bullying, online safety, digital citizenship and wellbeing. The CEDoW eSafety page may also have additional resources.
Australian Government body with resources empowering all Australians to have safer, more positive experiences online. Established in 2015 with a mandate to coordinate and lead the online safety efforts across government, industry and the not-for profit community.Visit Website
The eSafety Office has developed a parent portal specifically for parents and carers to learn about the digital environment and find tips on how to help children have safe and enjoyable online experiences.Visit Website
A mission to reduce the incidence of bullying, cyber bullying and other cyber risks, and advocate for the safety and wellbeing of children.Visit Website
Educational tools for students, parents and teachers, aiming to keep children safe from bullying, cyber bullying and violence.Visit Website
Supported by the Australian Federal Police and delivered in partnership with the NSW Police, these cybersafety resources sensitively cover a range of topics including sexting, cyber bullying, online child exploitation, online privacy, and importantly what to do when something goes wrong.Visit Website
A resource for families and school communities aiming to protect children from preventative measures at home, to safety outdoors, to cybersafety, to dealing with peer pressures.Visit Website
Key information and links for parents and carers to explain the CEDoW Social Media Policy, the CEDoW Social Media Statement and Standards, and what it means when using social media in relation to CEDoW or any of its school communities.View Resource Sheet
Provides support in the areas of internet safety and crime, and cyberbullying. Their factsheets provide information and parent advice on the following apps children may be using: Instagram; Facebook; and YouTube; Snapchat; Calculator; Tik Tok; Fortnite; Roblox; Discord.View Factsheets
CEDoW schools ensure all staff and all students participate in Digital Citizenship training each year. Helping our CEDoW users of technology interact ethically in order to maintain a safe, responsible and respectful learning and working environment.Visit Website
Digital citizenship resources empowering young people to be positive, smart and safe online.Visit Website
This directory brings online safety and wellbeing resources together in one place to make it easier for all Australians to get the right information and support when they need itVisit Directory
Organisers of the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence. Helping schools to create learning environments where every student and school community member is safe, supported, respected and valued.Visit Website
Resources for parents, students and educators to promote student wellbeing and the development of respectful relationshipsVisit Website
A nonprofit organisation in the USA providing information and education on media and technology to "help families take charge of their digital choices".
Cybersafety resources from Susan McLean, former police officer specialising in the area of cybersafetyVisit Website