Many parents and carers want their children to benefit from all of the advantages technology has to offer. Through the internet, kids are connected to other children their age, both locally and globally.
While interacting online can be great for kids, it also makes them more vulnerable.
To ensure your child is protected from risks such as cyber-bullying, unwanted attention or breaches of their privacy, you can:
- Encourage them to keep their usernames and passwords safe and not share them with anyone
- Take them through the privacy settings of sites they join to ensure they are careful about what information they share and with who
- Educate them about the risks involved in sharing personal information online
- Discuss the long-term effects of their online behaviour, such as how potential employers may view their online profile
- Remind them to think before they post photos or other information online, because once it’s out there, it’s hard to control what happens to it.
Resources for parents and carers
- A guide for parents – are your kids safe on the internet? (PDF, 580kb) – produced by the IPC NSW
- Parent’s cybersafety toolbox – online resources produced by Cybersmart, an initiative of the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)