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From the Department of Education’s National Presentation Network:
Internet Safety for Parents – Your children and the web
Safer Schoolies – Parent information session
New South Wales Health wishes to advise that there has been a recent outbreak of whooping cough (pertussis) in NSW, mainly affecting school-aged children.
Coughing spreads the infection to others nearby. Whooping cough can spread to anyone at home, including younger brothers and sisters. Whooping cough can be especially dangerous for babies.
Whooping cough starts like a cold and progresses to bouts of coughing that can last for many weeks. The infection can occur even in fully-vaccinated children. Older children may just have a cough that is persistent and may be worse at night.
- Children with these symptoms should see a doctor.
- If your doctor diagnoses whooping cough in your school-aged child, please let the school know and keep your child at home until they have taken 5 days of antibiotics. Keep coughing children away from babies.
- Whooping cough vaccines give good protection against infection but immunity fades with time. Check that all your children are up to date with their vaccines, due at 6 weeks, 4 months, 6 months, 4 years and 12 years of age (offered to all Year 7 students through the NSW school-based vaccination program). A booster is also recommended at 18 months of age.
A booster dose of vaccine is also recommended for adults that are in contact with young children, such as school staff and parents. Pregnant women are recommended to have a booster dose during each pregnancy and this is funded by NSW Health. Those who are new parents or carers of babies should consult their general practitioner about appropriate immunisation.
Your local public health unit can provide advice about whooping cough on 1300 066 055 or visit the NSW Health website.
Student Welfare: e-Safety
- ALWAYS educate your children about the dangers associated with online conversations.
- ENSURE that you discuss age-appropriate sites with your children.
- TALK to your child about what they do online and their favourite sites to visit.
- CHECK with your child’s school, public library, and other places they frequent to find out what internet sites they’re accessing.
- ALWAYS monitor the status of safety settings on devices used by your child.
Protect your home devices
- DEACTIVATE settings like GPS from social media sites used by your child.
- ENSURE you and your family use strong passwords to secure your devices.
- ALWAYS use secure web browsers and active parental control restrictions on your home computer and devices.
- PROTECT your passwords so your child cannot automatically purchase apps without your approval.
- DO NOT GIVE YOUR PASSWORD TO ANYONE – NO ONE
- NEVER post personal information, including your name, home address, photograph, phone number or school anywhere on the internet.
- ALWAYS tell your parents or another adult you know of any contact online that makes you feel uncomfortable.
- NEVER arrange a face-to-face meeting with someone you have chatted to online without
- ALWAYS think before sending. Pressing ‘send’ is definite and final – you can’t get it back.
- DO NOT send a picture of yourself to anyone you don’t know.
For more information, please visit the Australian Government’s eSafety website
For crime prevention information, please visit the NSW Police Force website
This page will continue to evolve with more valuable information over time. Please watch this space.