Next week marks Bullying Free New Zealand week, and Queen Margaret College will acknowledge it with a focus on safe and ethical online practices. Following a recent survey of students on this issue, our head of Student Body Council, Annalise Kruger (Year 13), will speak at next Monday’s Principal’s Assembly, highlighting the importance of school-wide awareness on general internet safety, an well as the need for our girls to adhere to four of the key Learner Profile Attributes, on and offline:
- Principled behavior: treating each other as you’d like to be treated yourself, on and offline.
- Respecting, supporting each other and their opinions.
- Caring: listening when needed, being nice to people.
- Communicator: having open, safe discussions where everyone feels comfortable to express their own opinions without being judged.
These attributes are given by Annalise as great foundations to avoid getting into bad situations online. Ms Logan (the school counselor) will also provide key information to students as to what is the best way is the best way to deal with a bad situation.
In addition to the assembly, our Head and Deputy Head Prefects will organised a range of form time activities for the week to highlight the need for our girls to conduct themselves in a safe and responsible manner online at all times. The class QTechs will support the Prefects in delivering these messages.
Mr Knuckey will continue to teach Digital Citizenship as a stand alone unit in Middle School classes, as well as regularly addressing level assemblies to deliver key messages and reminders to students. These are centered around the requirement that our girls conduct themselves in a safe, ethical, and legal manner online at all times. Advice is also given on what to do if on the receiving end of online bullying.
A reminder that our Digital Citizenship information page is here, which includes a number of invaluable links to sources that can provide advice and support to children and parents regarding online behavior. Alternatively you can contact the relevant Head of School if you have any concerns.