7 year olds with Facebook Accounts

Leading cyber-bullying expert QUT associate professor Marilyn Campbell found about one in six Queensland Senior primary and high school students said they had been cyber-bullied in the previous year.

However, Cyber Safety Solutions director Susan McLean said children as young as Year 2 are being cyber-bullied because parents are allowing them and helping them set up Facebook sites.

McLean, a former police officer who talks in schools nationwide, said she was meeting Year 2 pupils who had their own Facebook pages with parental permission.

To do this parents have to lie about the age of their child.  A 7 year old is listed as a 13 year old.

McLean said Year 2 students were the youngest she was aware of who had been cyber-bullied, with reports of them being targeted via children’s online games and emails.

About Renata Rowe

Deputy Head of Campus/Head of Secondary, Ivanhoe Grammar School, Plenty Campus This blog is the School's way of helping our parents and teachers understand and experience the cyber world that their children live in. We post stories about the latest cyber safety issues, and the latest social mediums that their children and teens might be using. We believe that teaching children and teens to be good Digital Citizen from a young age will protect them and their reputations. Our parents have been delighted and have subscribed so that they can receive our updates - we post about once or twice a week. So subscribe - its easy to do, just enter your email address in the box in the top righthand corner of the home page and posts will automatically be delivered to you.
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