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Internet safety

As a parent, you can play an important role in helping your children have safe and positive experiences online. Be aware of how children and young people use the internet, the cyber safety issues they face and strategies to manage the risks.
 
Cybersmart is a national cybersafety and cybersecurity education program managed by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), as part of the Australian Government’s 2008 commitment to cybersafety. The program is specifically designed to meet the needs of its target audiences of children, young people, parents, teachers and library staff.
Cybersmart aims to:
  • Inform children, young people, parents, teachers and library staff about cybersafety issues
  • Educate audiences through information, resources and practical advice
  • Empower children and young people to be safe online.
 

Bullying and harassment

Education Queensland policy

Education Queensland does not tolerate bullying in any form. Bullying, harassment, discrimination and violence are abuses of power that jeopardise the rights and wellbeing of others.
These behaviours are seen at school, in the workplace, in the community, at home and in the media. They can affect anyone - students, staff and parents or carers. Everyone must help to make a positive difference.
Education Queensland's school communities are working to make school environments safer, more supportive and respectful for all young people and adults - places where everyone is free from bullying, harassment, discrimination and violence.
If bullying, harassment, discrimination or violence is happening at school, it is very important that students report the behaviour to someone who can help.
For more information about how to report bullying and harassment visit the Queensland Government's bullying and harrassment webpage.

Bullying no way

The Bullying No Way! site was developed by the Safe and Supportive School Communities (SSSC) Project, which is made up of representatives from all Australian education jurisdictions – all state, territory and federal education departments, as well as national Catholic and independent schooling representatives. Members are working together to create learning environments where every student and school community member is safe, supported, respected, valued – and free from bullying.
This website has been designed to provide parents and carers access to information about bullying, harassment, discrimination and violence in schools.
 

The National Assessment Program

Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is an annual assessment for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. It is an everyday part of the school calendar and has been since 2008. More information can be found at the National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) website.
NAPLAN tests the sorts of skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life, such as reading, writing, spelling and numeracy. The assessments are undertaken nationwide, every year, in the second full week in May.
NAPLAN is made up of tests in the four areas (or ‘domains’) of:
•Reading
•Writing
•Language Conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation)
•Numeracy
 
NAPLAN tests skills in literacy and numeracy that are developed over time, through the school curriculum.
 
A full set of example NAPLAN tests are available. These are provided for teachers and students to obtain a sense of the ‘look and feel’ of the tests and to understand what types of questions are asked. Parents wanting further information about their child's results are encouraged to contact their child's school to arrange a time for a discussion.