The Impact of Social Media

As a school we want to continue to promote partnership with parents in each child’s learning. We know that the closer the communication between teachers and families, the better the educational outcomes for the students. However, the increasing impact on children and teenagers of what they are exposed to on social media, particularly TikTok, is a growing influence on young people that neither school nor parents can control. It shapes the thoughts, behaviours and ideas of young people. Concerningly much of the content young people are exposed to online can be harmful. In many cases, it is untrustworthy and preys on a young person’s insecurities.

This is why the Federal Government is looking at bringing forward a bill to rein in the spread of false and violent content on social media platforms. This is in response to the access young people have on a regular basis to video footage and content that is not appropriate. Unsurprisingly the profitable global social media companies are opposing these regulations.

There is now ample evidence that this evolution in social media is associated with a range of adverse personal and social effects. For instance, it has been shown that social media is a significant cause of the surging rates of anxiety and depression in teens, specifically teen girls. The growing use of social media has also led to an epidemic of misinformation.

Young people today will live their whole lives with social media. So how do we raise them in a way that their social media exposure does not result in ill effects and mitigate the potential detrimental impacts? As simple as it sounds the key is balance. Ensuring your children have more real-life than virtual connections. Young people should not be alone in their room for hours of an evening or during holidays. They should be encouraged to stay connected with family and friends. Involvement in community activities including sports, cultural and civic events, as well as socialising with friends and family are all healthy habits. Something as simple as eating together at the dining room table is a positive routine for young people, even when they try to avoid it. Encouraging your child to get involved in the many extra-curricular opportunities at school is another way.

Young people should also be reminded that there is a fine line between using social media as a chance to engage rather than compare. Ultimately we would like all of our children to know that we live in a happy and safe world where their individual differences are their greatest gift.

New College Website

After many months of designing, planning and editing we are pleased to this week launch our new College Website. Not only does it have a fresh updated look, we hope our families find it simpler to navigate with all the information you need easier to access. Be sure to explore the website when you have a chance and we would welcome any feedback:

In Quietness and Confidence Shall Be Your Strength

Tony Corr


Kiss & Go Parking Area

All parents, please be aware that the Kiss & Go parking area is akin to the drop-off zones at Melbourne Airport – you can park there for 1-2 minutes to retrieve your child and you are not permitted to leave your car in the Kiss & Go area unattended. Please only leave your car to assist your children into your car once they arrive at the Kiss & Go area.

A number of complaints have been received regarding parents waiting in this area for long periods and parking their cars in the area and leaving their cars unattended. If you choose to wait for your child in/around the Junior School, please park in the main carpark and ensure you leave the Kiss & Go area clear for parents moving rapidly through this area.

Please be mindful of other parents when using the Kiss & Go area. School pick-up and drop-off times are very busy periods.

Mr. Brett Torstonson

Director of Operations