Safety & Security
iParent website — where parents can learn about the digital environment and keep updated on their children’s technology use.
Here you can find guidance for using safety settings on your family’s web-connected devices, tips for choosing movies and games and strategies for keeping young people safe online.
Digital Citizenship for Parents
The NSW Government has a great assortment of videos and articles that explain how parents can help teach digital citizenship. Parents can find this valuable information at:
Safety at School
Safety at Home
Communicate With Your Child and Set Limits
Continue to talk to your child about bringing home their Chromebook each night and your expectations about the need to limit screen time. It is important to encourage your child to use their Chromebook in a responsible and mature manner.
Set a time that the device is put on charge for the evening and it then does not get used again until school. This will ensure that the device will be charged and ready for use for the following school day. The charging station may be in a common area. The daily routine may include closing the device and placing it on charge in your designated area, at the time specified. This expectation will assist your child to focus on getting homework tasks complete before they must put the device away.
Supportive Structures in Place at Home
Establish a homework area in your house that is not in an isolated area. It should be a place where other family members will occasionally be but where there will be no distractions.
Check in once or twice and ask what your child is working on. Also, ask them to show you how they are using their device to complete a task. It is expected that your child will grow in their ability to self-regulate use of their device over time through the support of their teachers and parents.
The device should not be left in your child’s bedroom overnight. When your child goes to bed, the device should be on charge.