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FNQ Interschool Chess Championships Report Rd 1 2019

Date:March 12, 2019

It was great to see 294 students competing in Round 1 of the Far North Queensland Interschool Chess Championships last


Remembering Kara

Date:February 25, 2019

Today, we celebrated the life of much-loved teacher Miss Kara Pylypiuk.    The TAS Community is in mourning at the


FNQ Interschool Chess Championships Report – Finals 2018

Date:August 28, 2018

Finals of the Far North Queensland Interschool Chess Championships were held on the 23 August with 372 students competing.  The


Trinity Day 2018

Date:June 8, 2018

We celebrated our 35th birthday at TAS this week, and were blessed to have Bishop Bill Ray deliver our Trinity


Stargazing World Record Attempt

Date:June 7, 2018

On Wednesday 23 May, over 300 people gathered at TAS to participate in the World Record Attempt for the Most


Online Safety and Cyberbullying | 11 June @ 6pm

Date:June 6, 2018

As parents, carers and educators, we are all very aware of internet safety.   On Monday 11 June, TAS is


TAS – Top 3% of Secondary Schools

Date:March 7, 2019

Dear TAS parent/carer, We were pleased to receive contact recently from the federal government’s Chair of the Standing Committee on


Year 12 Outcomes for Cairns Schools

Date:March 4, 2019

Dear TAS parent/carer, Some of you will have read the Cairns Post story last week on the Year 12 outcomes


Principal’s Blog 2019 – Response to Fees

Date:February 1, 2019

Dear Parents Welcome back to another exciting year. Some of you may have read a story in the Cairns Post


Learning, Believing, Achieving – Edition 1, Term 1/2019

Date:February 1, 2019

Sometimes an authentic experience reminds you of the good. I was driving my mother-in-law’s car up to Cairns recently, for


Learning. Believing. Achieving – A message from Paul

Date:December 12, 2018

I write to you regarding recent stories in the media surrounding legislation concerning religious beliefs within faith-based schools. The Anglican


Learning, Believing, Achieving – Farewell Class of 2018

Date:November 19, 2018

What a wonderful morning on Friday celebrating our Year 12 students finishing their secondary schooling. The Year 12 students themselves


Momo Challenge

The Momo challenge is back in focus and TAS staff have been notified of this issue. More information is available at https://www.esafety.gov.au/about-the-office/newsroom/media-releases/statement-esafety-advice-on-the-momo-challenge 

For students (and for parents: how to talk to them)

What can I do? Apply the 4Rs of cyber safety Reasoning, Resilience, Responsibility and Respect.

Reasoning: Question it?
  • Momo means steamed vegetables in Tibetan or peach in Japanese… that is definitely not scary.
  • Momo is not real. It is a sculpture made by a Japanese Artist in 2016 made for a different purpose. He has not provided anyone with authority to use his sculpture. So he has been scammed too.
  • It’s a scam. Why would someone want you to contact an unknown number and enter details about yourself? Momo creators have been recently linked to hackers scamming people’s data and identity.
  • It’s a computer program used to call people similar to ones used in other scams. Like any other computer programs, it will have a number of predetermined actions and responses whether it be using voice or text. It’s fake.
  • Some people use skins in computer games to frighten others when playing (minecraft and roblox for example and post the videos to youtube). These are not Momo.
  •  You are safe: It’s makers are not in Australia. They actually can’t touch you and you are physically safe.
Resilience: You got this.

Soar with the BIRDS:

Block, Ignore, Report, Don’t feed the trolls and Share!

Actions you can take immediately:

  • Block the sender, number or user. You didn’t ask for this.
  • Ignore it – it’s not going to do anything simply disregard it.
  • Report it to the service you are using or to the Office of the eSafety Commissioner. Remember those people who are pretending to be Momo in games are just trolls.  Report people in game for using inappropriate skins.
  • Don’t feed the trolls – don’t engage as they just want to hook you and harass you.
  • Share it! You are not alone and we all make mistakes. Talk to you parents, a teacher or your schools cyber safety champion.
Responsibility: You look after yourself online.
  • It’s a good time to recheck that you know how to block and report in all the apps you use from phone numbers to apps.
  • Run a virus check and make sure you have updated your devices to prevent a hacking of your device.  Talk to your parents if you are unsure how to do this.
  • Also make sure you identify the trustworthy and responsible adults you can talk to.
  • Contacting strangers online is not ok.
Respect: I respect others online.
  • Be polite online and always use good manners.
  • Respect others – don’t forward any images or use them for anything.
What can parents do? Educate and engage your child.
  1. Momo is a form of cyberbullying.
  2. Understand that, for your child, “online life” is a part of real life in this digital age.
  3. Listen and don’t panic or become angry.
  4. Ask if they have seen anything or heard anything recently that was upsetting online or heard about anything at the school. The situation will dictate whether or not Momo is known to them.
  5. Parent’s should establish if they have WhatsApp installed on one of your child’s devices.  If so, engage both younger and older teens about who they speak to.
  6. Run through the 4 Rs of cyber safety (outlined above) if needed. You don’t want to adversely affect your child.
  7. You can further support your child by ensuring they have access to qualified and certified counsellors online 24/7 such as kids helpline. Consider book marking these and adding to the home screen of your child’s device (outlined below).
  8. The office of the eSafety Commissioner can assist with cyber abuse and you can report directly here for children under 18
    and for all others over 18 here
  9. Contact the school Cyber Safety Champion, teacher or counsellor if you need further assistance.

Here is a list of current resources and support services:

From the Prime Miniser and the Minister for Education – A memo regarding keeping our children safe

PM & Minister for Education
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