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Social Media for Under-Age Children Can Lead to Unnecessary Social Harm

<a href="/blogs/leoniesmith/2013/08/04/social-media-for-under-age-children-can-lead-to-unnecessary-social-harm">Social Media for Under-Age Children Can Lead to Unnecessary Social Harm</a>

There's a video doing the rounds on Facebook – an educational video teaching children how to protect their personal information online. While I do think parents and kids should watch it, as a cyber safety specialist, I have a few concerns, particularly with the message I was left with–that it's ok for a 10-year- old to be on a social media site like Facebook as long as they do it safely. The problem with this harm minimisation approach is this: Read full article

Teens–Accept the Dad Friend Request and Improve Your Relationship

<a href="/articles/teens%E2%80%93accept-the-dad-friend-request-and-improve-your-relationship">Teens–Accept the Dad Friend Request and Improve Your Relationship</a>

We know that traditional media can be an integral part of family life – watching television together, sharing the paper on a Sunday, having the radio on in the background – but less is known about what happens when families connect using new forms of media, like Facebook and Twitter. Researchers from Brigham Young University in Utah, United States, recently looked at outcomes when adolescents network with their parents on social media. The conclusion? Stronger feelings of connection, leading to more positive outcomes for the adolescent. 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

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

Teens on Facebook - Where Does Supervision Stop and Privacy Start?

<a href="/blogs/benisonoreilly/2012/04/18/teens-on-facebook-where-does-supervision-stop-and-privacy-start">Teens on Facebook - Where Does Supervision Stop and Privacy Start?</a>

‘Shutting the gate after the horse has bolted’ parenting - I don’t know about you, but I’m often guilty of it. I’d been meaning to put an Internet filter on my 11 year old son, Joe’s computer for ages. Joe is on the autism spectrum and approaching puberty so I knew it was only a matter of time before he became curious about sex. "I must do it," I probably said half a dozen times, "but tomorrow." ... As parents we are charged with protecting our kids from danger, but when they become teenagers it can be difficult to know which line to tread. Teenagers expect, and indeed are entitled to, some independence. Read full article

Laptop Shooting - Shaming, Naming and Parenting

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2012/02/15/laptop-shooting-shaming-naming-and-parenting">Laptop Shooting - Shaming, Naming and Parenting</a>

...And this week a laptop shooting dad decided to use YouTube and Facebook to punish and humiliate his ungrateful 15 year old daughter for her disrespectful comments about him and his wife, and about all the chores she was expected to do ... I want to briefly comment on two things: Humiliation or shaming of children .... and mainstream and influential media commentators' comments ... Read full article

Nothing is All Bad - and other Lessons from a Veteran School Mum

<a href="/blogs/benisonoreilly/2011/12/13/nothing-is-all-bad-and-other-lessons-from-a-veteran-school-mum">Nothing is All Bad - and other Lessons from a Veteran School Mum</a>

I am writing this post a day before my eldest son’s Higher School Certificate results are released. I’m still living in blissful ignorance but we’re expecting results in the disappointing to disastrous range. That’s okay. Yes really okay. My son and I sat down the other day and worked out a contingency plan in case we’re faced with the disaster scenario. He, however, is dreading telling others his results, and now wishes he’d worked harder. That’s a lesson he had to learn. What have I learned this year? Here are a few random thoughts. Read full article

Do You Know How to Keep Your Children Safe Online?

<a href="/articles/do-you-know-how-to-keep-your-children-safe-online">Do You Know How to Keep Your Children Safe Online?</a>

You can help guide your children to enjoy the best of the online world by becoming aware of how they use the internet, understanding the types of risks they face and learning strategies to manage these risks. The more you know about cyber safety, the more empowered you will be to protect your kids when they go online ... While social networking sites do offer many positive benefits to children, these do not come without associated risks. Discussing safe practices with your children for safe online social networking is crucial. Read full article

Babies on Facebook - from Womb to Wall

<a href="/blogs/sallycollings/2011/08/02/babies-on-facebook-from-womb-to-wall">Babies on Facebook - from Womb to Wall</a>

So now it’s okay for unborn children to be on Facebook. I’ve only just got used to the idea that my 8-year-old might soon want her own account, and now it seems I’ve already missed the boat by 8 years and 9 months. Okay, the real story is that Facebook users can now list their unborn child on their profile. Previously they had to create a profile for their unborn baby, which meant they were breaking Facebook rules (users have to be at least 13 years of age). Read full article