Guidelines for Use

  1. Once at school digital devices particularly mobile phones should be turned off and out of sight. Incoming calls or messages or alerts during the school day disrupt the learning environment. Teacher intervention may result in the device being secured in front office until the end of the school day.
  2. The inappropriate use of digital devices will be recorded on the student’s record of behaviour. Parents will be involved on a case by case basis.

Responsibility for Digital Devices

Students bring digital devices to school at their own risk – the school and school staff members will not accept any responsibility for loss or damage to mobile phones or for investigating loss or damage. Students who lend others their device may be implicate in its use.

What Is Inappropriate Use

Inappropriate use of digital devices including mobile phones occurs when it:

  • disrupts or is likely to disrupt the learning environment
  • interferes with the operation of the school
  • threatens or is likely to threaten the safety or well being of any person
  • used to bully, intimidate or harass other people through any voice call, text message or data transfer
  • is in breach of any law or school rules.

Being E-Smart (Cybersafety)

At Sylvania High School we are committed to ensuring our students are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to keep them safe whilst in cyberspace. To do this we implement a range of strategies which may include the following:

  • Our involvement in becoming an E-Smart school where our students learn how to use technology in a smart, safe and responsible way
  • Professional development opportunities for staff where staff are equipped with the skills and knowledge to offer support and guidance to students
  • Whole school ‘cybersafety’ program embedded in our curriculum across all year groups where students will be involved in a range of explicit digital citizenship lessons
  • Presentations from our Police Liaison Officer focussing on the legalities associated with cyber incidents
  • Encouraging students and/or parents to contact the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner at report instances of cyberbullying and gather support information.


Please contact the Head Teacher Welfare with any further suggestions on how we can continue to meet the welfare needs of our students, especially in relation to cyber safety!

Documents available for download

Student Use of Digital Devices and Online Services Procedure

Student Use of Digital Devices and Online Services Agreement

Digital Device Specifications and Education Software