Should your child be on Social Media?

Social media readiness

Is my child old enough to use social media?

Both the physical age of your child and their level of maturity and resilience can impact their ability to handle social media, but as a rule, each social networking site and app has its own criteria for minimum age requirements. Some services cater for more adult audiences (i.e. dating sites).

Why is 13 the minimum recommended age?

Most sites require users to be at least 13 years of age before they can register, although some sites, such as Club Penguin, are created especially for children under 13. Generally, the 13-year age requirement is not necessarily because the site is unsafe for children to use but to comply with a US law – the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA), which prevents collection and storage of personal information from children under 13 years of age.

How do I know if my child ready to use social media?

We suggest considering these questions to determine your child’s readiness for social media.

Is your child able to withstand taunts from others?

If you think your child will become very upset if they have a negative experience online, then you may need you to guide them through the use of social platforms. If you give them permission to establish a social media account, then look through their profiles and public feeds together, talk about how some people behave differently online and teach them how to filter abusive comments, block and report people.

Does your child understand what’s safe to put online?

If you're concerned that they may post personal information that allows people to identify and locate them—even after you have talked through the dangers—then they may need your help to use social networking sites. Talk about the risks of 'checking in', posting sexy or flirty pictures, meeting online friends in person, making offensive comments, and what is not acceptable.

Does your child understand the importance of protecting their personal information?

Explaining to a child why privacy is important can be difficult. We suggest explaining what personal information is and that it can also include their mobile number, pictures, workplace name and shifts, sporting club and game schedule, holiday dates, credit card details and banking information.

Source: https://www.esafety.gov.au/education-resources/iparent/staying-safe/social-networking/social-media-readiness

Compass – Your child’s report (CAT) will be on compass Friday

Have you logged on to Compass lately?  The next CAT (Common Assessment Task) report is up.  You can use your computer or phone to access the Compass website or mobile app and see your child’s reports at any time. You can view teacher feedback and even leave a comment!

To log on, enter your parent code (The first three letters of your last name and a four digit code- ie. ABC0011)

You can log in at www.mildurawestps.vic.jdlf.com.au  or via the mobile apps available in the Android and iTunes stores – search for Compass School Manager.

Compass Support

If you need help please call! A password reset is easy! If you would like further assistance, please make a time to meet with Darrel Branson or Luke Jeffers. We are here to help!

Social Networking

Communication in today’s world includes Social Networking. This form of communication can be positive, but can also carry risks, especially for children. There are many ways to assist your child to be safe on social networking sites:

At school we teach the children a great deal about digital citizenship because we want our students to be safe, happy and ethical online; just as we do in the offline world.

But students don’t always have the life experience or brain development to navigate technology safely and effectively. So, like many other areas of life, they need guidance from trusted adults, including teachers and family members

I’ve included some very useful resources for parents/carers. I do hope you find them valuable.

House Cross Country

Last Friday was the annual Mildura West House Cross Country event. All students competed for their house across the day earning points for their team and students who came 1st, 2nd or 3rd received a ribbon. At the completion of the day students assembled in the gym where Red (Darling) House was announced the winner. Despite the warm weather students displayed wonderful resilience all day and their behaviour was outstanding. A big thank you to all the wonderful parent volunteers who assisted on the day, without your support the day definitely wouldn’t have ran as smoothly.

      Red: 196 Points               Green: 184               Yellow: 167               Blue: 159

ANZAC Ceremony

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Tuesday, we conducted a School Community ANZAC Ceremony. This opportunity allowed students to learn about the procedures and significance of the ceremony. We had our school leaders give a commemorative address, Grade 4P sing and a Special guest, John Barnes talk about what ANZAC Day means to him. The students showed great respect and I hope they try to exhibit the ANZAC spirit in their lives. I attended the DAWN service with our School Leaders, it was a moving experience. Thank you to the parents who rose very early to bring the school leaders to the ceremony. A BIG thankyou to our Office Manager, Elaine Brown for making the beautiful wreath. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Ride2School Day

National Ride2school Day is to encourage our students and families to be involved in any active travel such as walking, riding and skateboarding. Next week we will have our first Walking Bus for Term 1 to coincide with National Ride2School Day.  We have the Walking Bus once a month with the police and Neighbourhood Watch supervising it. Everyone is welcome: walkers, bikes, trikes, scooters and even prams. The ‘bus’ will leave the corner of Washington Drive and Riverside Avenue at 8:30am. You can ‘board’ the bus on the way!!

Grade 5 Lake Cullulleraine Camp Reminder

The Grade 5 Camp to Lake Cullulleraine is fast approaching. Please make sure you have paid the camp in full by this Monday 19th March 2018. Unfortunately, if the camp is not paid in full your child will not be able to attend the camp.

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