Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Fantastic Opportunity for all ISHCMC Parents to learn more about the Digital World of their Children

Robyn Treyvaud Visit Monday 10- Friday 15th November 2014

Founder Cyber Safe Kids
Robyn Treyvaud is an internationally recognised expert in online safety and digital citizenship and is a founder of Cyber Safe Kids, a global organisation that assists educators, school and parent communities to understand the challenges of living and working in the digital world and then equips them to meet these challenges. She provides advice to the media, industry and governments in Australia providing a balanced and evidence based view based on her work in schools in Australia and Asia for the past decade.
As an educational leader, Robyn has been a project consultant for Telstra Foundation projects: the Loddon Mallee ‘developing ethical digital citizens’ initiative, Berry Street’s BeNetWise and Edith Cowan University, Child Health Promotion Research Centre’s Cyber Friendly Schools. Robyn has developed partnerships with IKeepSafe Coalition [US] and the South West Grid for Learning [UK] and is the project manager for the implementation of Generation Safe in Australia and the Asia Pacific region.
Robyn was a leading content contributor to the Australian Communications & Media Authority’s CyberSmart website [cybersmart.gov.au], the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development [DEECD] Bully Stoppers, presents keynotes at national and international conferences and gave a TED talk in Bangkok: Navigating Cyberia with a Moral Compass.
Currently Robyn is Manager of the Growing Up Digital program at Haileybury one of the leading independent schools in the Asia-Pacific region with three campuses, which involves the development and implementation of a parent education program, staff professional development and a digital citizenship program for students.

Programme for Parent Workshops at ISHCMC

Monday 10/11
The LIKE and SELFIES Generation – It’s Complicated
The LIKE and SELFIES Generation  It’s Complicated
Tuesday 11/11
Online and Off-Limits.  Helping Teens Manage Their Privacy, Relationships & Reputations
Online and Off-Limits.  Helping Teens Manage Their Privacy, Relationships & Reputations
ISHCMC on the Couch.
Digital Parenting-A Common Sense Approach
Too Much Too Soon

“Talking Digital”

Workshop Descriptions:

Title:  The LIKE and SELFIES Generation – It’s Complicated
Description: In 2013 ‘Selfie’ was the word of the year. The self portrait of the digital age! This workshop will focus on the impact of ‘sefies’ and ‘likes’ on self esteem, body image and the re-defining of beauty based on the autobiographical information that people share publicly about themselves and their friends.
What you’ll learn
The impact of ‘selfies’ and ‘likes’ on well being, friendships and privacy
The influence of celebrity and a highly sexualised culture on personal choices
The possible side effects of an emphasis on appearance on social acceptance
How advertisers and marketers monetize ‘likes’
Parents, Educators, Community members
While this presentation can be delivered as a lecture it is highly recommended that parents can interact with each other at tables.

Title:  Digital Parenting-A Common Sense Approach
Description: This presentation is in response to current research, which underlines the importance of parents continuing to have open and ongoing conversations with young people about their online activities that reiterate their family’s values. But to do this, parents need to have tools and the knowledge and understanding of the issues that their children face online and when they use digital devices for entertainment, socialising and learning.
What you’ll learn
What does the research tell us about the use of technology by children and young people.
The impact of technology use on health & well-being, relationships and reputations.
Ongoing resources and advice to support parents
Topics covered will be:
Identity & Self Image
Relationships & Communication
Privacy & Security
Online Risks
Digital Dramas
Managing the Media Diet
Audience: Parents, Educators, Community members

Title:  Online and Off-Limits.  Helping Teens Manage Their Privacy, Relationships & Reputations
 Description: This presentation or workshop focuses on the current landscape, research and behaviours of young people in digital environments which impact on their privacy, reputation management and relationships.
 What you’ll learn:
What privacy is and why it matters
How to manage incidents when privacy has been breached
The legal and non legal consequences of sharing sexualised images, texts and videos [sexting]
 Audience: Parents, Educators, Community members

Title: Too Much Too Soon
The Impression That You Get is a fifteen-minute film that explores the influence of easily accessible pornography and sexualised content on young people growing up today.

This resource analyses the use of and effects of pornography by young people through their eyes and supports honest and supportive discussion about it.

Whether pornography is accessed online, or via other forms of mainstream media, never before have children and young people been more exposed to material that research tells us can be damaging to the understandings and expectations young people have of themselves and others within intimate relationships.

To make the most of the Internet, we need to teach skills in media literacy, produce and deliver youth-focused materials on sex and relationships, and adopt regulatory strategies to minimise the harms associated with young people’s exposure to sexually explicit content. (Flood, 2009b)

Exposure to pornography is routine among children and young people, with a range of notable and often troubling effects. Particularly among younger children, exposure to pornography may be disturbing or upsetting. Exposure to pornography helps to sustain young people’s adherence to sexist and unhealthy notions of sex and relationships.
And, especially among boys and young men who are frequent consumers of pornography, including of more violent materials, consumption intensifies attitudes supportive of sexual coercion and increases their likelihood of perpetrating assault. While children and young people are sexual beings and deserve age-appropriate materials on sex and sexuality, pornography is a poor, and indeed dangerous, sex educator.

Questions to think about and discuss with family, friends and colleagues before the forum.

Do you think that young people are turning to the Internet for information about sex because of the reasons given above (easy access, anonymity, etc.) or just because their first instinct is to go to the Internet when they need answers? Why do you think so?
What are some of the strengths and weaknesses of online sex education? How might some of those weaknesses be improved?
Do you believe that young people's sexual behaviour is influenced by the media they consume (TV, movies, music, etc.)? If so, what (if anything) do you think should be done about it?
Do you think that we still need sex education in school? Why or why not?

Copy of Parent Survey Letter
Dear Parents,
On November 10 Robyn Treyvaud, the founder of Cybersafekids and an educator with extensive experience working with school communities in the area of digital resilience & citizenship and responsible and respectful online behaviour will be visiting ISHCMC for the week.

To capture a ‘snapshot’ of what interests you and what you are finding challenging about digital parenting would you please complete a short survey which can be found here:
It would be great if as many of you could complete this survey by Monday 3rd November because digital safety is an issue that ISHCMC regards as important as we empower our students.

Robyn will share the results of the survey during the parent forums.

Here is the link to the survey:
Yours sincerely,
Adrian Watts
Deputy Head and Academic Director

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