Teaching digital technologies is a focus for the school but so too is the environment in which it is taught. Lauriston has worked hard over the past few years to ensure that students always consider the implications of their digital use.
Kate Gilchrist, Director of Wellbeing has developed the cyber safety curriculum. This framework has helped teachers develop a strong virtual culture of cyber safety and responsibility.
“Students showcasing good digital citizenship skills are as important to us as online research and coding skills,” says Ms Gilchrist.
“We constantly reinforce to the entire community – parents, students and teachers to embrace new technologies but to be savvy with how these tools are used.” says Ms Gilchrist.
The school has a digital citizenship program that runs formally from Year 5 to Year 12 and for the younger ages various classes are conducted each year. In it, topics such as positive posting, identifying risks of online behaviour and how to report cyber bullying are taught.
To ensure that the structure of Lauriston’s program is of the highest standard, the school went through the process of accreditation with the Alannah & Madeline Foundation’s program, eSmart.
In 2016, Lauriston achieved its eSmart accreditation and to maintain this status, the school is committed to upgrading its eSmart curriculum, teacher practice and will constantly review its digital behaviour.
For more information go to esmart.org.au