Our aim is to keep parents one step ahead of the cybersafety issues that could face their children.
This site is a German site and it enables teenagers to post rumours, insults and racist comments about their peers. The site, iShareGossip.com, has hit the headlines recently. While the site is in German we are aware of copycat gossip sites being set up in Australia.
We urge you to use this article as a spring board to talk to your children about these insidious sites. Warn them of the implications for their reputation of joining such a site, of the effect rumour and innuendo can have on the well being of their friends, and of the recent passing of legislation in Victoria making it a crime to cyberbully, with a jail term of up to 10 years. The legislation can be applied to anyone over the age of 10.
The more we engage our children and teenagers in healthy discussions about their safety the more we open the lines of communication between us all.