Information and communications technology (ICT)

Information and communications technology (ICT) is the name given to digital equipment used in student learning. ICT includes computers, mobile phones, digital cameras and webcams. It also includes our website and digital resources.

Where appropriate, we provide students with ICT, such as access to the online student learning system and our website, to help their learning.

Student cybersafety — some of the risks

ICT can bring many educational and social benefits to students. It can also bring some dangers. Children are vulnerable and may be exposed to danger, sometimes without knowing about it, while using the Internet and other technologies. If unsupervised, children may also find themselves involved in activities that are inappropriate, or possibly illegal.

Social networking sites and other Internet use

Many young people use social networking sites, such as MySpace, Bebo and Facebook. Social networking sites are free and young people can easily make their own sites on the Internet. The sites permit their owner to display text and images that are uploaded from a computer. Others who own similar networking sites can post comments.

There are some significant risks when children use social networking sites.

  • bullying and harassment using text and photos
  • using sites to express serious concerns like suicide instead of seeking proper professional help when needed
  • access to anti-social networks (hate groups, pro-anorexia or networks of drug users) that can introduce children to inappropriate attitudes, beliefs and behaviours
  • the use of personal or family information by burglars and other criminals
  • illegal sharing of downloaded videos and music.

When you talk to your children about Internet safety, the dangers are reduced. Being aware of the risks permits children to make safer decisions when they are using ICT. We encourage you to talk to your children about the safe use of the Internet on a regular basis.

For more information on talking with your child about online risks, contact your student's learning advisor or teacher, or check out the NetSafe website. You can also contact the NetSafe contact centre on 0508 638 723 for further information.