Dear Parents,

The use of technology in our society is increasing at an almost exponential rate. With this increase comes the challenge of managing technology at home. With the influx of a ‘screen culture’ many parents are looking for advice.

Here are three great informative websites that provide parents with not only the facts, for example the age of access to different social media sites, but also provide some helpful hints.

At O’Connor we will also be using these websites as part of our Pastoral Care Program.

www.esafety.gov Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner

  1. www.cybersmart.gov.au site

The Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner leads online safety education for the Australian Government and protects Australian children when they experience cyberbullying by administering a complaints scheme.

www.commonsensemedia.org Common Sense Media

Common Sense is dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology.  We empower parents, teachers, and policymakers by providing unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids’ lives.

www.acma.gov.au Australian Communications and Media Authority

The ACMA is a government agency responsible for the regulation of broadcasting, the internet, radio communications and telecommunications. It contains a wealth of information. By searching ‘parents’ or ‘teenagers’ etc. lots of helpful facts and information can be found.

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At O’Connor Catholic College we aim to create a safe and supportive school community for everyone. Sometimes, it can be difficult for parents or carers to know what to do when their child talks to them about bullying.
You are an important part of our work to prevent bullying and to respond effectively if it happens. Stopping bullying involves everyone. For more information please see the download links below.

Bullying Letter                   Bullying Poster

The Healthy Schools, Healthy Futures (HSHF) program is a three year health promotion project run by Hunter New England Population Health and the University of Newcastle, and supported by the funding partners, NIB Foundation and NHMRC.

The aim of HSHF is to develop capacity within schools to deliver a resilience program for students which will support students to make healthier decisions when it comes to tobacco, alcohol and other drug use.

A number of components integral to increasing resilience among students include improving links to our community, in particular to our Aboriginal Community and providing links to support services for students.

Aboriginal Community

Our Community

Self Help

 

Young people are busy working out who they are and where they fit in the world.  Being involved in community activities can give your child a positive way of understanding who they are and building their own resilience, and of gaining new perspectives on life and life experiences from the people they encounter, as well as creating a sense of being connected and contributing to the community.

A number of organisations have been working with O’Connor Catholic College for a number of years. Links below to those organisations;

PCYC
http://www.pcycnsw.org/armidale

Centercare

http://www.centacarenenw.com.au/

Additional information