Issues such as compliance, safety in the curriculum, duty of care and bullying.
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Do you need to comply?
Yes, under the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (Vic) and the Education and Training Reform Regulations 2017 (Vic).
Conditions of compliance
It is a requirement of The Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) that schools have policies and procedures in place in relation to student bullying. These regulations stem from the Education & Training Reform Act 2006 (Vic).
Schools have a responsibility to provide a safe and supportive environment for all their students where the risk of harm is minimised. Cybersafety needs to be addressed as part of a planned whole school approach which is integrated into all student wellbeing policies.
If you have to comply, what do you have to do?
1. Establish a cybersafety team.
2. Establish a cybersafety contact person
3. Develop appropriate policies and procedures which include:
Explicit guidelines for acceptable and appropriate online behaviour
Expectations of students online and clear consequences for engaging in hostile behaviour online
Methods for redressing inappropriate behaviour
‘Bystander’ reporting rules
A clear and explicit process for investigating complaints and the follow up support and protection of the reporter.
NB: These policies should be extended beyond school based online behaviour to behaviour that occurs outside of school hours or the school grounds that involves or impacts on students from the school.
4. Educate students
Understanding cyberbullying (PDF)
Digital Media Literacy
Positive online behaviour
Peer and personal safety
5. Educate parents
Parent information sessions
Parent awareness raising and skill building training
Newsletter items outlining the schools’ cybersafety policy and procedures.