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Cyber Safety

Online dangers
Computer sex-offenders can be a real danger and Generally 13-15 year olds are more at risk. Often those who have been interacted with inappropriately don’t tell their parents about it, because they are worried about getting the internet cut off; they’re embarrassed because they’ve been deceived.

Statistics and Facts
(From Dr Michael Carr-Gregg and Greg Gebhart - NetAlert)
  • 92% of kids on Internet have MSN. Taking this access away creates family conflict and it is generally better to look at safe/restricted usage.
  • Photos put on Internet stay there ‘forever’. Even if only posted for a few minutes, before being removed, this is ample time for 1000s of other people to download.
  • Kids putting photos of friends/other kids on the internet of a sexual nature (even of themselves) – can be charged with child pornography.

What to do
If being cyber-bullied: Tell someone and collect evidence – i.e. print off screen (with date and time); if via mobile keep text or photocopy (with date/time).

Tips for Parents
(From Dr Michael Carr-Gregg and Greg Gebhart - NetAlert)
  • Never allow a computer in your child’s bedroom – instead have it in a public place
  • Talk with your children regularly about where they are going online
  • Negotiate an online contract
  • Help your child to feel comfortable coming to you with anything (getting angry and taking computer access away from kids may mean they won’t come to you next time)
  • Use a filter
  • Monitor & supervise
  • Know your children's passwords
Tips for Kids
  • Do not use your surname (i.e. on MSN etc)
  • Do not use your phone number or address
  • No flirtatious pictures or nick-names (this is what predators look for)
  • You should know and be able to name every ‘friend’ (i.e. on MSN, Facebook etc). Do not add 'friends of friends’.

Further Information and Support

Once installed, it enables the user to click on it and link to help and advice on a range of online risks including cyber-bullying, unwanted contact, scams and fraud, and offensive or inappropriate material.
  • Hotline for Internet safety = 1800 880176 (NetAlert)