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Police and Disney Join Forces for Cybersafety

<a href="/articles/police-and-disney-join-forces-for-cybersafety">Police and Disney Join Forces for Cybersafety</a>

Cyber safety experts from the Australian Federal Police have teamed up with Disney to create and distribute a free online safety program for primary shool children. Called Online Safety, It Starts With You, the national program focuses on good internet citizenship. Read full article

Safer Digital Toys For Christmas

<a href="/articles/safer-digital-toys-for-christmas">Safer Digital Toys For Christmas</a>

Many parents will be buying a new digital 'toy' for their child this Christmas, whether it's a new tablet, iPod or smart phone. While many of these digital devices look like toys – they are now in bright colours and even 2-year-olds are familiar with how to use them – they are, in fact, a gateway to the much wider world of the internet. And it is the internet where children are at risk of unintentionally viewing adult content, potentially shocking and disturbing to them. Read full article

Posting a Child’s Photo Online – Is it Safe?

<a href="/blogs/leoniesmith/2013/05/29/posting-a-child%E2%80%99s-photo-online-%E2%80%93-is-it-safe">Posting a Child’s Photo Online – Is it Safe?</a>

This post is in response to a recent story about a Melbourne mother’s frustration at not being able to remove her 18-month-old's image from Instagram after she found out it was being misused. Comments on this story include: "why did she post the pictures with a public account" and "why didn't she set her photos to private". And … Read full article

How To Set Up Facebook and Online Accounts Safely for Your Child

<a href="/articles/how-to-set-up-facebook-and-online-accounts-safely-for-your-child">How To Set Up Facebook and Online Accounts Safely for Your Child</a>

Do you understand the details of how to set up Facebook safely for your child? What cyber safety settings are important? Where do you find them among all the settings options available? How would a potential scammer or predator find your child's details? Join Leonie Smith, the Cyber Safety Lady, in our free webinar on 15th May to learn about safety on Facebook and other online accounts that your child may be using. Read full article

Do You Understand the Risks of Apps on Your Child's Mobile Device?

<a href="/articles/do-you-understand-the-risks-of-apps-on-your-childs-mobile-device">Do You Understand the Risks of Apps on Your Child&#039;s Mobile Device?</a>

With increasing numbers of children under 13 years of age receiving iPods, computer tablets, and smart phones for their own use, it’s important for parents to understand the dangers of handing over an Internet-connected mobile device without first enabling the built-in parental controls. Information about apps children are using on mobile devices. Read full article

Useful Legal Information for Children and Teens Online

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2012/07/18/useful-legal-information-for-children-and-teens-online">Useful Legal Information for Children and Teens Online</a>

Lawstuff Australia, in partnership with the Children's Legal Services of Legal Aid NSW, have developed a series of fact sheets to provide children with information on what types of activities are against the law when using social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Information on sexting, copyright infringement, defamation and privacy are included. A great resource for your teens, and hopefully for them to share around on Facebook. Read full article

Australian Children Exposed to Greater Risks Online than European Children

<a href="/articles/australian-children-exposed-to-greater-risks-online-than-european-children">Australian Children Exposed to Greater Risks Online than European Children</a>

Four hundred Australian children (9 to 16 years old) and their parents, were interviewed for an Australian study about risks and safety for children on the internet. And by comparing the results of this survey with a larger European survey, it was found that Australian children are among the “youngest and most prolific users of the internet in the world.” ...The following risks were identified in both the Australian Report and the European study by EU Kids Online ... Read full article

10 Myths about Internet Safety and Children

<a href="/articles/10-myths-about-internet-safety-and-children">10 Myths about Internet Safety and Children</a>

Following a survey of 25000 children and their parents across Europe, a report was published called EU Kids Online; researchers aimed to provide information for policy makers about educating children and adults about online risks and opportunities .. .Included in the Report are the Top 10 Myths about online safety because in many cases, the researchers concluded that parents and adults in general are worried about the wrong things. Read full article

Cyberbullying - Think Before You Comment

<a href="/articles/cyberbullying-think-before-you-comment">Cyberbullying - Think Before You Comment</a>

A powerful short video by a young teenage boy about the effect of bullying online - especially via the leaving of comments on blogs, YouTube and Facebook. Ideal to show to teenagers and share on Facebook. Read full article

How Will You Explain a Tweetup to Your Children?

<a href="/blogs/cathycorcoran/2011/08/16/how-will-you-explain-a-tweetup-to-your-children">How Will You Explain a Tweetup to Your Children?</a>

Recently I had the privilege of having a catch up with an online friend I had made through Twitter - sometimes called a tweetup. I didn't have as much hesitation as I did with my first meet up a few months back but it was still slightly anxiety-provoking ... When explaining the meeting to my children who were coming along to meet this 'tweep' and her children, I became hesitant, not about the meet up but explaining the context to them. How do I explain that I am meeting someone from the internet? how do I explain that I have never met her before and what are the repercussions and the thoughts our children may have about this situation? Read full article