Cyber Safety @ STM

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Grade 4s Teach us about Cyber Bullying

Last term, the grade 4 children were required to investigate the 6 types of bulliing.

  • cyberbulling
  • physical bullying
  • social alienation
  • intimidation
  • verbal bullying
  • indirect bullying 

click the link below to find out more about these:


Once the children had leared about each of these forms of bulling, they were required to further investigate one type that most interested them. The gallery below is a slideshow of some of the posters the children created about cyberbullying.


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STM are becoming e-smart!

STM are proud to announce that we are in the process of becoming eSmart.

eSmart aims to make cybersafety a normal part of everybody’s life by equipping them to use technologies in ways that are positive and that protect them from the potential risks. The first major focus of eSmart is to help schools create a cultural norm of smart, safe and responsible use of digital technologies.

eSmart is an initiative of
The Alannah and Madeline Foundation.

click the link below to find out more about eSmart


About cyber safety @ STM

The purpose of the use of the Internet at St. Thomas More is to support educational progress of all of our students. The Internet provides resources and unique opportunities for collaborative work. It helps students and staff members become real participants in the digital age by allowing them to access and use information from computers and other mobile devices anywhere, to communicate and share information with individuals or groups of other students and staff, and to expand their knowledge bases. We need to recognise that as technologies shift the ways that information may be accessed, communicated, and transferred these changes in learning require boundaries and expectations.

Cyber Safety Education is paramount at St Thomas More Primary School. This page has been developed to help our parent, student and staff community develop their understanding and awareness of what we all need to do to ensure that we use the internet and technology safely and appropriately. You will find links to videos, articles, websites and other useful information that will help you to make good choices in relation to learning in an online environment.

If you find anything that you feel may be useful or help us to improve awareness about online safety, please forward your ideas via email:

Cyberbullying. The Facts. 

The 21st Century bullying technique known as online bullying, e-bullying or cyberbullying is defined as:

‘the use of information and communication technologies such as email, (mobile) phone, text messages, instant messaging, defamatory personal support deliberate, repeated and hostile behaviour by an individual or a group that is intended to harm others’

Source: Bill Belsey

click on the link below to view a video about Anti Bullying information for parents

Facts about our children and the use of online environments.

Children aged 7-14:

  • 96% have access to a mobile phone
  • 90% use the internet weekly
  • 40% log on daily

Internet usage of children aged 7-14 years:

  • 77% play games
  • 66% do their homework
  • %50 email and use MSN
  • 38% download music
    (Source: New Generations Australia Survey 2006)

In 2007 young Australians spent a total of four hours and 49 minutes per day consuming media

Three years later in 2010, developments in Australian media environments (e.g. digital television, media enabled smart phones) are providing Australian youth with even more opportunities to access more media content.
(Source: ACMA 2010)

Girls are:

  • Twice as likely to know someone or several people that have been cyberbullied
  • More likely than boys to have been victims of cyberbullying themselves
  • More likely than boys to think cyberbulling is worse than physical bullying

Year 8 Students:

  • 11% said that they actually partook in cyberbullying as a bully
  • About 20% said they knew someone who had been cyberbullied
  • 50% sad they believed that this type of bulling was on the increase
    (Source: Marilyn Campbell : Queensland University of Technology: 2004)

Home - School Partnerships

  • Cyber bullying and inappropriate use of various technologies often originates outside of school
  • Parents need to establish clear expectations and boundaries for the use of computers and other technologies in the home
  • It is vital to communicate and collaborate with the school in order to ensure the wellbeing of children within the school community

More Apps for learning.

Welcome to the wonderful world of STM iPad Apps!

At St Thomas More Primary, we are committed to providing our students with the latest technology to engage and enhance student learning. Our new iPads have provided our students with the ability to access online learning in a mobile environment. Apps provide students with targeted learning experiences and provide immediate feedback for learning. We will keep these Apps updated regularly, with the latest Apps used in our classroom across all areas. Many parents have asked for this information so you can download the apps to your mobile devices at home.  

  • starwalk
  • pocket pond (fee)
  • bus HD
  • emotions (all free)
  • dexteria7
  • word wizard
  • first word (animals)
  • montessori words (sounds)
  • magnetic letters (magnets)
  • sentence builder
  • writershat
  • typo: prediction can control speed
  • moonbotbooks
  • kidz story
  • book creater
  • story buddy
  • iBook shelf: store class made students books
  •  calmcounter: fantastic countdown for students that need that time to calm down and breathe.
  • iearnedthat: you can set up profiles for students and take a picture of a reward they would like. It then divides the picture into puzzle pieces - up to you how many pieces. You than can tap the puzzle to add a puzzle piece when students receive a reward.
  • tapmemories: good for recording and reflecting on different events and experiences.
  • Look! Dinos: this is my favourite it gets the student to look in the eyes of a persons face and they need to see the number that appears and tap the matching number. After a few they get a present. Their present is a
    dinosaur and it builds an animations with roaring dinosaurs. great for those who cant make eye contact and that are obsessed with dinosaurs.
  • touchemotions: identifying different facial expressions
  • sequencing: ordering different things
  • pocketphonic: a must with the juniors. They go through different letter blends ?diagraphs etc and they teach the sound and how to write the letters, once they do that students have to listen to the sound and match the matching letters to create a new word. It's great and was reccomended from a speech pathologist. 
  • ipad applications that link to all of blooms taxonomy

50 iPad Apps for struggling Readers and Writers:

30 of the best primary education games for iPad

Links for learning at school and at home.

At St Thomas More we use a range of weblinks and resources to help our students learn about cyber safety. All students from grade 3-6 participate in the Budd-e Program developed by the Australian Government. This leads students through an exploration about what we need vs want in an online learning space. The other resources below also are endorsed by the Catholic Education Office for the use in cybersafety education. Simply click on the button to visit the resource.

The Power of Media in helping to raise awareness in our children.

The internet itself is home to some powerful resources that help us all to gain some perspective in understanding the effects of cyber bullying. Below are a range of videos that have been developed by Governments around the world to help students understand how cyber bulling can effect each and everyone of us. The videos have been used by our teachers to help our students develop a sense of empathy, understanding and perspective in relation to the way we treat each other online. Click on the links below to view each video. 

  • This site has an amazing selection of videos for young children, adolescents, teenagers and adults. Each video is a short snippet that explains a message relating to internet safety and what we need to do to keep us safe online.
  • This video sends a message across to children to 'delete cyber bullying.' It's captured in the environment of a talent show and portarys a students saying innaporpriate things about another students. A powerful message.
  • Words hurt.
  • The Internet is a powerful tool. As with any tool, we must instruct our children on how to use it safely. A recent study by the University of New Hampshire showed that one in five young people using the Internet received an online bullying in some form. In an alarming 15% of those cases, the solicitor attempted to meet the child in person. Faux Paw the techno cat send messages across to children in a child friendly manner using cartoon characters. 
  • Our kids are growing up in public. Here are a few rules of the road that will help our kids make smart decisions online. For more reviews and advice visit
  • This animate was adapted from a talk given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert and recipient of the RSA's Benjamin Franklin award.
    For more information on Sir Ken's work visit:
  • This is another official update to the original "Shift Happens" video. This completely new Fall 2009 version includes facts and stats focusing on the changing media landscape, including convergence and technology and was developed in partnership with The Economist. For more information, or to join the conversation, please visit and

What can our parent community do to ensure the safety of our children at home?

Don’t send your children off onto the information super highway without a road map! Help you children know how to navigate the internet safely and sensibly by following these rules in your home:

  • Rule # 1 Keep your family computer in a visible place 
    It’s extremely important that we know what our children are doing online. It’s important to monitor what students are looking at, reading, listening to and downloading. Keeping your computer in a central, visible place means that there can be no secrets and nothing to hide.
  • Rule # 2 Talk to your children about what they are doing online
    What students do online is your business. It’s important to develop a sense of trust between parents and children so that they know that you care about their safety online. Being a ‘trusted adult’ can ensure that your children feel comfortable coming to you with concerns or questions. Talk to them about what they are doing online, what they enjoy and how it helps them learn. Spend some time with your children online and learn from them!
  • Rule # 3 Ensure that you have set up the right restrictions and firewalls
    Ensure that you have set restrictions for the content that your children access. Some content on the internet is simply inappropriate for children.If you are unsure how to do this you can contact your service provider.
  • Rule # 4 Know your child’s friends and their parents
    This sounds pretty simple but if you are aware of your children’s friends then you can engage in conversation about friendships with your own children. Communication changes friendships dramatically over the Primary years and being able to understand how your child feels about their friends can help in so many ways. Meeting their parents and developing a relationship with them can also enhance your ability to understand what is happening in your child’s world and develop a support network to draw apon.
  • Rule # 5 Keep in touch with your Internet Service Provider (ISP)
    To access the internet you will have gone into a contract or partnership with an Internet Service Provider. Whether this is Telstra, Optus, TPG etc. it is really important that you know how to contact your ISP in times of need. It is also important to talk to them about how to set up restrictions and firewalls.
  • Rule # 6 Set the ground rules for safe and sensible use
    Don’t be afraid to set some ground rules and expectations for use. At St Thomas More we use our general expectaions as a guide for internet safety. These are:
  1. Following Directions
  2. Speaking Appropriately
  3. Moving Safely
  4. Keep hands, feet and objects to yourself. Online - this means not sending out personal information and posting documents, photos etc that are private.
  5. Take care of equipment
  6. Listen without interruption. Online this means being appropriate in all forms of communication.

It is really important to also promote the right balance. Too much time online is unsafe for wellbeing.

  • Rule # 7 Spend some time online!
    If you have time, spend some time online. Explore social networking sites and learn about new developments. Visit some of the educational sites that we use and do this with your children wherever possible!
  • Rule # 8 Don’t be afraid of cyber space
    The internet is an amazing place and a fantastic resource for learning. We need to promote the positive aspects of the internet and ensure that we learn to embrace the positive impacts on student learning. This does not mean being naive, but being open and aware of how this new era is enhancing student learning.
  • Rule # 9 Learn from your kids
    If you have time, spend some time online. Explore social networking sites and learn about new developments. Visit some of the educational sites that we use and do this with your children wherever possible! Students of today exist in a world that is vastly different from the generations before them, and are dependent on their learning institution for providing them with an environment which meets the demands of the society in which they live, in the present, but also in the future. The world does not yet know the problems and challenges our children will face, however we do know that the ability to be flexible and think creatively will be needed to succeed. Our students are ‘digital natives’ and speak the digital language like their own. Many parents feel like ‘digital immigrants’ who are new to the world and do not understand the language. Allow your child to show you their learning online and teach you about how they communicate and where they go. This will develop your trusting relationship and help you to understand student perspective.
  • Rule # 10 Check this site regularly

This site will be updated regularly with news, information and resources that will hopefully help all of our wonderful parents to keep our St Thomas More children safe.