Psychologist Promotes Cybersafety at Home and School
High profile psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg became Christ Church’s own psychologist-in-residence this week. The Melbourne-based practitioner led a packed programme speaking with students, staff and parents on a range of topics including cybersafety, tips for studying, sleeping, healthy living and the effects of drug and alcohol use.
Dr Carr-Gregg gave parents plenty to think about when he spoke about cybersafety to members of Christ Church and the wider community on Wednesday evening. He gave them a summary of what the latest research says kids are doing online, and how to keep them safe, covering social networking sites, cyberbullying, internet addiction, filtering software and online games.
Students in Years 7 to 12 each had a session with Dr Carr-Gregg. The younger boys learned about the workings of the brain and how eating certain foods, and improving study and sleep habits could result in increased productivity. The senior students were given practical tips, backed by impressive research findings, to help prepare them for the TEE years.
Deputy Headmaster Roger Bayly said the psychologist’s visit was timely as the School prepared to launch its new cybersafety policy. Mr Bayly said the School was able to glean a wealth of information based on Dr Carr-Gregg's recommendations to the Australian Government.
Mr Bayly said the new policy, which will be a more relevant and up-to-date extension of the School’s existing contract on internet and email access, would be developed in conjunction with the Heads of House and a student sub-committee. The policy will also set guidelines for cyberbullying using social networking websites and the mobile phones. “We want to continue to embrace technology but ensure we are doing so in a way that keeps our community safe.”