Parental Concerns

How cybersmart are you?


Presentation created for the Australian Communications and Media Authority – targeting parents to assist them with advising their children on cybersafety.

The below advice looks at ways you as a parent can teach your children how to use the Internet effectively, so they can enjoy and learn from the Internet safely and securely.

Set Boundaries

  • Students don’t need to use the device all the time at home
  • Teenage children need their sleep, so we strongly suggest that the device is NOT TAKEN TO BED
  • If you are experiencing problems, we recommend that you specify:
    • where in the house the device can be used
    • where it is to be stored when not in use

Monitor

  • Talk about Internet activities openly and freely
  • Have your child use the device in a shared family area where you can monitor how long your child is online as well as the websites your child is visiting
  • Check their history in the web browser
  • Mobile phones and other digital devices have access the Internet, so these devices need to be monitored also

Share the Experience

  • Ask your children to demonstrate the way they use their device for school
  • Ask your children teach to you how to use the device
  • Focus on the positive aspects of the Internet when you share the experience with your child. Spend time looking together at sites that are fun, interesting or educational
  • Encourage your child to question things on the Internet, e.g. “Who is in charge of this site?”, “Have I found information, or is it just opinion?” or “Is this site trying to influence me or sell me something?”
  • Have a play with the device by yourself to better understand how they work

Protect

  • Explain to your child that not all information on the Internet is good, true or helpful, and that some areas are are not intended for children to see
  • Help your child identify unsuitable material by naming some things to look out for, such as sites that contain scary or rude pictures, swearing or angry words
  • Empower your child to use the Internet safely by showing your child safe sites and explaining why they are safe
  • It’s also important to educate your child on why it’s not safe to give out any personal details online
  • Use a home internet filter, such as OpenDNS (free)  or purchase a replacement internet filtering router, Cybersafe247 which provides parents a way to secure their internet connection and prevent access to restricted web sites, the advantage for parents is that  this can be applied to ALL devices in the home

 Report

  • If you think a child is in immediate danger, call 000
  • If you have found any material online that you believe is prohibited or inappropriate you should contact the ACMA. For further information go to ACMA’s website  <www.acma.gov.au>,  where a range of resources are available for parents and caregivers
  • http://www.thinkuknow.org.au/site/report.asp
    • thinkuknow.org provides information and facilities to help you report inappropriate, harmful or criminal activities that occur online or via a mobile device