Cyber Safety Solutions

Margaret Chigros (school nurse) recommends the following article from the Cyber safety Solutions Website:

‘Kids today have access to and are accessible by many millions of people worldwide via the vast array of 
websites, applications and online-games. The unprecedented amount of personal information available on 
these sites makes them a perfect place for people who would happily identify their victims and gain their trust. 
Other identified dangers include exposure to inappropriate content, cyber bullying and harassment, exchange 
of inappropriate images and identity theft. Teens are often not aware that their words and or photos, which may
have been intended for a small audience, sometimes find their way to a larger one, often with both the 
unexpected and undesirable consequences.

Today’s parents grew up in a world devoid of these technologies. They often have little knowledge on how best
to assist and guide them and when interest or concern is shown, suspicious kids  ‘fob’ them off with the typical
responses of ‘You won’t understand…..’ ‘Go away its private……’or ‘You have no idea…..’

Don ’t be afraid of technology. Learn about it and embrace it as your children do.

Accept that they will access content that might upset them, often not because they went looking for it and make sure that they are comfortable coming to you when this happens. Spend time online with them. Cyberspace can be a lot of fun.’

See more information for parents at:

http://www.cybersafetysolutions.com.au/index.shtml

 

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