Our Cyber Safety parent information session held on Tuesday night was very well attended. Gary Furlong presented an in-depth and thought provoking session which focused on gaming, social networking, instant messaging and video and image sharing. Gary discussed the key challenges parents and children face online in regard to privacy terms and conditions when signing up for apps or social networking sites, basic online security, information sharing and personal safety.
Some of key messages for parents were:
1. Start online safety conversations with your children and let them teach you about what they do online.
2. Stay in the know and take interest in how your child is using technology. Have a go and trial some of the apps they are using yourself.
3. Speak with your child about positive online behaviour. Set an example of the behaviour you expect.
4. Know what your children are doing online, who they are 'friends' with, and who they may be talking to.
5. Create a Family Online Safety Contract. You can find one here- thinkuknow.org.au
6. Reinforce that nothing is so bad they can't tell a trusted adult.
We have a few spare copies of the booklet that was handed out at the session, if you would like one please collect from the office.
I encourage all families to visit the Think U Know website for information, resources and support.