Cyber Safety

Kids Online Too Much? Five Behaviours to Watch Out For

Teen girl at home with laptopby the Editor     Australian kids’ internet use builds to a peak at age 13, when around 7 per cent are excessive users, then declines quite sharply over the next three years, researchers say. more »

Protecting Our Children’s Online Privacy

Worried Online Teenby the Editor      Staying safe online is undoubtedly one of the biggest concerns for parents, as our children grow up in a world where they are able to share information with others almost anytime and anywhere. more »

Not Tech Savvy Enough to Keep Your Kids Cyber Safe?

Mother Teen Son Laptopby the Editor     “It’s important for parents to remember that they don’t need to be tech experts to keep their kids safe online. Parents should approach their child’s development in the online world as they would in the offline world - by teaching them about right and wrong behaviours." more »

The Best Cyber Safety Resources for Your Family

Many parents worry that they've been left behind when it comes to helping their kids navigate the digital world and keeping them cyber-safe.  The good news is that help is out there!  Resources are plentiful, covering cyber safety, digital citizenship, bullying, identity theft, predators, and more.  Here are our favourites: more »

Online Viruses Worse than Cyber Safety Issues?

February 2013     New research from Optus has revealed that one in five parents have never discussed cyber safety with their children.  When it comes to online security, parents of school aged children have a range of concerns.  Parents’ apprehension relates to a variety of potential threats with seven in ten citing computer viruses as their biggest concern, ahead of security of personal details, stranger danger and peer-to-peer bullying: more »

Groundbreaking Study on Internet Habits of Teenagers

April 2012      Almost a quarter of teenagers are online for four or more hours a day on non-school-related work, a new study by Edith Cowan University (ECU) researchers has found.  The report found 85 per cent of respondents used social networks, with 75 per cent accessing sites such as Twitter and Facebook on a daily basis. more »

Reminder To Parents About Internet Safety

February 2012 Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Justice Jason Clare have joined the Australian Federal Police to remind parents, teachers and children about the importance of internet safety. more »

Tagged Film to Help Australia's Kids Get Cybersmart

October 2011     Tagged, a new short film to help educate young people about cyberbullying, sexting and protecting their digital reputation has been launched. more »

New Fact Sheet for Parents on Cyber Safety and Sexting

September 2011     NSW Minister for Family and Community Services Pru Goward has released a fact sheet with useful tips on helping parents monitor their children’s activity on mobile phones and the internet, as part of Child Protection Week, 2011. more »

Report Shows How Cyber-Safety Measures Are Used At Home

June 2011     During the recent Cybersafety Summit in Canberra, the government had the opportunity to consult with young people, parents and teachers on how to keep Australians safe online. more »

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