Parents have the first responsibility for the education of their children. Within this context we are challenged, in the first instance, to make sure that our children understand the various threats to personal safety, human dignity, and relationships with others and with God that exist within the digitally connected world.
Catholic Schools and Catholic School Systems in Australia understand their responsibilities in terms of the Education Act and other mandated curriculum requirements. Parents need to know and understand that the provision of educational programs around cyber-bullying, digital citizenship and on-line protective behaviours are not substitutes for positive and proactive Catholic parenting.
A range of resources and information are available for parents to access. This information will support parents in their role as the prime educators of their children. Information and resources for parents have been organised around the following themes that were identified by the Australian Catholic Bishops:
Please contact your child's school or school system to learn more about what education your child will receive in this area. Your school or school systems Parent Network may also be able to provide you with information relating to opportunities for parent education.
Digital Citizenship Advice
A series of three videos on Common Sense Media by parents and children offering advice on ethical use and keeping safe online.
Privacy and Internet Safety
A series of four videos on Common Sense Media offering privacy and internet Safety advice