Digital technology can empower authentic, meaningful, collaborative and engaged learning but has both opportunities and risks. Children and young people need to be supported to use technology in safe, respectful and responsible ways. This is a shared responsibility for school staff, parents and carers, and the students themselves.
Our school acknowledges the educational value of digital devices and online services in supporting and enhancing educational outcomes and student wellbeing. We also recognise they may cause harm if used inappropriately and that we need to support our students to use them in safe, responsible and respectful ways.
During 2021 we revised our Student Use of Digital Devices and Online Services Procedures through consultation with staff, students and the community. These procedures were communicated during term 4, 2021 and have been implemented from the commencement of 2022.
The procedures provide a consistent framework for the safe, responsible and respectful use of digital devices and online services by students in our school. It sets out the shared responsibilities of school staff, students and parents and carers. It also provides a framework to manage potential risks to student safety and wellbeing.
This procedure covers student use of digital devices and online services in school-related settings, including on school grounds, at school-related activities and outside of school where there is a clear and close connection between the school and the conduct of students. This procedure covers the use of school-provided and personal digital devices and all online services.
This procedure is in line with the Department of Education’s (DoE) Student use of digital devices and online services policy which clearly identifies that primary-aged students are not allowed to use digital devices during class time, recess and lunch, unless for an educational purpose or other reasons such as an adjustment to support learning and wellbeing.
Students are strongly discouraged from bringing personal devices to school. If students are found to be using digital devices for non-educational purposes or have their own personal devices this will be managed in line with our wellbeing and discipline procedures.
Click the link to view the full Student Use of Digital Devices and Online Services Procedures on our website.