Keeping our children safe in cyberspace

In an effort to embrace technology and continue to enhance our learning environment KPS will be hosting an interactive and informative talk with expert Cathy Mcevoy on cyber safety for our children.

Parents and educators are often poorly equipped to deal with some very complex issues pertaining to cyberbullying, sexting and poor communication skills. Join expert Cathy Mcevoy on Wednesday, 28th August at Kommetjie Primary (6:30 for 7:00 pm) for an informative and interactive talk that aims to inform parents and give them practical tips on how to help their children develop a healthy relationship with technology.

We welcome you to stay for a cup of tea and chat afterwards to share the common challenges that we are all facing in the fast-changing world we are raising our children in.

Meet Cath Mcevoy

School Counsellor

After qualifying as a Professional Counsellor from the South African College of Applied Psychology Cathy McEvoy completed her field work at Norman Henshilwood High School. On completion of her field work she was offered the post of Counsellor at the school. As there was no Counselling Department at the time she was instrumental in establishing this department over the next fourteen years. This Department has grown significantly and become a vital cog in the school, helping to assist and support the learners and their families.

Whilst working with the learners over the years, one of her major concerns has been how this generation utilises technology, often with devastating consequences. Parents and educators are often poorly equipped to deal with some very complex issues pertaining to cyberbullying, sexting and poor communication skills.

It was for this reason that she started to do her own research and using her experiences in the counselling room facilitated a number of talks for parents, educators as well as learners on the importance of Keeping Safe in Cyberspace.

She has presented these talks at schools across the peninsula and as far afield as East London. She believes that sensitising primary school learners about the dangers of inappropriate use of technology is vital. This is the time they are introduced to their first cell phone, tablet or computer. Parents are often unaware of exactly how their children use these devices and often don’t regulate or monitor their screen time.

The talk is one hour and involves many video clips, audience participation and information about some of the things young people are doing and how it can negatively impact their lives. The talk aims to inform parents and give them practical tips on how to help their children develop a healthy relationship with technology.