Beacon Cyber Safety App for Parents
Dear Parents and Carers,
This week the Telethon Kids Institute has launched their long-awaited online safety app for parents called “Beacon”. This new app links in with our School Vision - “Developing the whole child to succeed in an ever-changing world”. Willetton Primary School strongly believe that looking after student’s safety and well-being is a priority.
It is important for us to provide them with the tools to help face challenges and to help develop our whole school values:
- Resilience: We have the strength to learn, grow and develop.
- Respect: We treat ourselves and our environment with care and consideration.
- Perseverance: We pursue excellence in everything we do.
- Success: We challenge ourselves to achieve our potential.
Willetton PS fully endorse this app, and hope you find it useful to help monitor your child’s online learning and use of their devices. Please find information below about the app and it’s uses.
- Beacon is designed specifically for parents as a personalised place for reliable information about the online world. It arms parents and carers with the knowledge they need to confidently help navigate their children’s digital behaviour and reduce harms we know are associated with being online.
- Beacon is designed as a source of reliable, trustworthy information about digital risks and threats facing kids such as online grooming, cyber bullying and stalking.
- Beacon personalises content for parents with alerts to the latest cutting-edge information and strategies, tailored to match family profiles based on children’s ages, areas of interest and devices.
- The app’s content is designed to integrate seamlessly into parents’ daily lives, with research-based information complemented by ideas, strategies and support options.
- Beacon’s unique features are headlined by an interactive feature that supports parents to create their own tailor-made online agreement with their children to encourage and enable healthy online behaviours around screen time, expectations and boundaries.
We have placed a link on our Willetton PS website homepage that takes you to the download options for the app. It is available in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. Alternatively, you can click on the following links below for the device download you require:
Apple App Store Link - https://apps.apple.com/au/app/beacon-cyber-safety/id1500376514
Google Play Store Link - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=au.org.telethonkids.beacon
It is vitally important to keep our children safe online while developing their digital literacies. We value your support at home, in helping us develop these important digital and online skills to enable your child to navigate through the online world in a safe manner.
Mrs Sharne Elsbury - WPS Technology Leader