From the Leader of Wellbeing
My COMPASS Goals
Students were provided with resources to prepare them to lead the My Marist COMPASS Goals (MMCG) conferences that have been scheduled by their parents with their Tutor Teachers. During this time, students will articulate their MMCG for 2022. Since Tuesday of Week 5, students have been working with their Tutor Teacher to develop their goals for 2022 and during Community Time this week, they recorded their MMCG in COMPASS.
Students who set goals through self-reflection open themselves up to achieving greater accomplishments and an increase in personal satisfaction. Distractions and challenges can keep young people from the path that they want to take. By setting explicit goals and monitoring their progress toward goals, there is a much higher probability that they will find the success they hope for.
Conversations about goal-setting in Tutor Groups allow students to develop a new mindset that builds cooperation and mutual improvement as they see their goals are not solely their responsibility. We all improve when every one of us improves. This is why the College invests a significant amount of time and resources preparing for and facilitating MMCG conferences as goals need to be shared. Conferences provide a supported framework in which students take both ownership and responsibility for their growth in the four pillars:
- Learning (empower)
- Social & emotional (sisters)
- Spiritual (gift) and
- Physical (courage)
Social Media and Young People
So what is a ‘healthy digital diet’?
Here are some resources that may assist you in forming your own response to this question in relation to your daughter.
- Dr Tam’s ‘Top Healthy Digital Diet Tips’
- Dr Tam’s Podcast
- Episode 13: A Healthy Digital Diet with Jocelyn Brewer
- Balancing your child’s digital diet
- Brad Marshall (Child Psychologist) and Maggie Dent (Parenting Educator and Author) talk all things tech, teens and kids in a lockdown context
Social Media and Digital Reputation
Social media has become such an integral part of a teenager’s life. However, many miss out on some critical social skills, with most communicating while looking at a screen instead of another person! Statistics show that 60 per cent of 10-11-year-olds are using at least one social media site, with the majority using age-restricted platforms. What kids do, post and say online is permanent and most are not mature enough to manage their own digital footprint. Friendships, relationships and even future job prospects are all put at risk.
Parents need to be aware of what pictures their children are painting of themselves online. Unfortunately, many parents do not see the dangers inherent in these sites, as they form opinions based on their own experience. But predators are usually not interested in grooming adults. Over the years, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of primary schoolers owning mobile phones, highlighting the importance to teach kids about the dangers of social media and the implications it can have.
In this edition of SchoolTV, parents will learn how to talk to their children about the inherent dangers of social media and how to educate their kids to be responsible users in the online world we live in.
We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this edition of SchoolTV and we always welcome your feedback. If you have any concerns about your child, please contact the College counsellor for further information or seek medical or professional help.
Here is the link to the Social Media and Digital Reputation edition of SchoolTV. It can also be accessed in COMPADD via the grey favourites star, top-middle of the home page.
- eSafety Commissioner: Parents
- eSafety Commissioner: Young People
- ReachOut: Cyberbullying and Teenagers
- Kids helpline: Parents eSafety
Next Week the Community Will Celebrate:
What a fabulous statement for the community to focus on:
KINDNESS – It starts with YOU”
Student Leaders will be leading the community celebration of this event along with all of Year 12. In Tutor Groups, students will consider how they can foster kindness in the MSCW community and make a ‘promise’ to contribute through their actions (words, decision making and physically) to make this a reality for all. MSCW will acknowledge that we are all ‘Sisters’ who live in a relationship with everyone around us and that each individual has a responsibility to support building a culture of kindness.
Ms Angela Bowland, Leader of Wellbeing
This article on College life meets The Archbishop’s Charter for Catholic Schools – Charter #1, #2