Cheltenham Girls' High School ICT Policy
All students must read and agree to the following document before being allowed to make use the schools ICT infrastructure. Please download our ICT policy for reference.
Cheltenham Girls' High Schoool ICT Policy (doc 176 KB)
What should you do? - A Guide For Parents
- Be aware of the programs and files that are on your computer. If you don't feel that you have the knowledge or technical ability to do this, ask a friend, colleague or qualified technician.
- If you believe your child may be at risk, you should consider talking with them about the dangers associated with online conversations.
- Spend time exploring the internet with your children, and let them teach you about their favourite web sites.
- Keep the computer in a room the whole family accesses, not in your child's bedroom. Opportunities for exploitation by a sexual predator are limited if the computer monitor is visible to all members of the family.
- Consider installing filtering and/or computer blocking software provided by your Internet Service Provider.
- Ensure you are able to access your child's email and randomly check the contents. Remember they may also be a member of free email accounts other than the one provided by your Internet Service Provider such as ‘Hotmail" and ‘Yahoo'.
- Check your phone bill for unusual outgoing calls, or consider using a ‘caller ID' device to identify incoming calls.
- Consider approaching your telephone company to discuss the options they may be able to provide to ensure your privacy and security.
- Your child could encounter an online sexual predator at any place outside your supervision. Inquire with your child's school, public library, or anywhere that you believe your child accesses the internet to ascertain what safety measures they have in place.
- Tell your children:
- Not to send a picture of themselves to someone they don't know, and to never place a full profile and picture of themselves anywhere on the internet.
- Never give out personal information including their name, home address, phone number or school.
- Never arrange a face-to-face meeting with someone they have chatted with on the internet.
- Every element of society has dangers associated with it, and the internet is no different. Like learning to cross the street, it is important that we take the time to guide, assist and supervise our children in the use of the internet.
- If any of the following situations occur, you should immediately contact your local police station:
- Your child or anyone in the household has received child pornography.
- Your child has been sexually solicited.
- Your child has received sexually explicit images.
- If any of these scenarios occur, keep your computer turned off in order to preserve evidence.
Taken from the Brochure "who's chatting to your kids" from the Queensland Police Service.