From the Year 7 Coordinator
As the holidays are upon us it is worth re-visiting cybersafety tips to keep the students safe when they are online. This includes texting, emailing, online shopping, gaming and social media (skype, snapchat, Instagram etc)
Ten cybersafety tips every parent should know
Keeping your kids safe online is easy with a few simple precautions.
- Nothing replaces parental supervision and education for kids about cybersafety.
- Set a technology curfew.
- Remind your child to never give out identifying information such as your home address, school name or telephone number in a public message such as chat or newsgroups.
- If your child posts photos online, use privacy settings to limit access to people they know well.
- Remind your child that people don’t always tell the truth online, and they can’t take anything at face value.
- Reassure your child that they can tell you anything, without fear of losing the laptop or internet access.
- If they get a message or email that’s threatening or rude, they should ‘STOP, BLOCK, TELL’. First step is to tell your child to stop responding to the abuse and then block those people sending threatening or rude messages if they continue. Let your child know that if they are being bullied, or know someone else who is, they should tell a trusted adult.
- Never click on any links that are contained in emails from people they don’t know. As well as sexual content, they could contain a computer virus.
- If you suspect your child has been contacted by a predator, try to save a copy of the chat log (or whatever form the contact takes) for evidence. Call Crime Stoppers 24-hour line 1800 333 000 to make a formal complaint.
- Encourage your child to change passwords to something that is impossible for others to guess.
Further information on cybersafety can be found on the following Government website – https://esafety.gov.au/esafety-information/esafety-issues
Have a happy and safe holiday.
Mr Robert Gough