Author Archives: Gavin May

About Gavin May

Gavin May is a parent at Ivanhoe Grammar School and formerly the Director of ICT. www.icybersafe.com is aimed at helping parents live in a connected world, where the internet is central to much of what we do, and certainly much of what our children do. The easy option is to just block it - the better option is to get involved and stay informed.

The Project – Get the message on sexting

Last night Channel 10’s The Project ran a story about a young Victorian man and the difficult situation that he now finds himself in since a friend sent him a sext. Corey Clement is now on the Sex Offenders Register for 8 … Continue reading

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Microsoft Support Scam Still Going

18 months ago I wrote about a scam where callers purporting to be from Microsoft Support were ripping off Australians. The scam involved the scammer telling the victim to go into their system directory and delete a file. In doing … Continue reading

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Sexting – the Law

Over the past two years icybersafe.com has featured a number of articles about sexting, starting with the film ‘Megan sends a sext‘. Mostly we’ve focused on digital reputation and the fact that once a sext photo gets into the wild … Continue reading

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Call to tighten the laws around social media

In the past few weeks there have been a number of disturbing cases of cyber bullying and harassment involving the micro-blogging website Twitter. Both Charlotte Dawson (Australia’s Next Top Model judge) and Robbie Farah (Wests Tigers NRL captain) have been on the receiving end … Continue reading

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Keep up with your kids

If you are struggling to keep up with the latest computer terms and acronyms, don’t stress – you are not alone! Even though I work in ICT (Information Communication Technology) everyday I seem to have to learn a new TLA … Continue reading

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Updates to the Filters Section

Blocking software or filters are the names used for programs that you can install and use on your computer to control the information that is accessed by children whilst on the internet. One of the features of this site is … Continue reading

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Facebook Approaches 1 Billion Users

According to an article in Mashable, Facebook will reach 1 billion users before the end of 2012. Facebook currently has 901 million active users, up 56 million since the start of the year! Other staggering figures quoted in the article are … Continue reading

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38% of Children on Facebook are Underage – is Yours?

According to an article on Mashable, a new report from MinorMonitor finds that 38% of children on Facebook are aged 12 or younger. Facebook’s Terms and Conditions currently restrict children under the age of 13 from registering, however, this doesn’t … Continue reading

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Social Media Policy

At our Professional Development Day today all staff were shown this short video from the Victorian Justice Department about their Social Media Policy. This is a great video applicable to employees everywhere and gives common sense advice about how to … Continue reading

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Australia – No 1 for social network bullying

iCyberSafe.com starts 2012 with some rather depressing news about cyberbullying in Australia. A report by the Ipsos Social Research Institute states that Australia currently ranks 5th in the world for cyberbullying but 1st for cyberbullying specifically in social networking, using sites such … Continue reading

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Talk like a teenager LOL

If you can’t understand what your child is writing when they send you a text, help is at hand with iCyberSafe.com’s Guide to Talking Like a Teenager! SMS text messages are limited to 140 characters, so it is easy to understand why users … Continue reading

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‘Sneaky Hat’ CyberCraze – Dr Michael Carr-Gregg on Sunrise

Dr Michael Carr-Gregg recently appeared on Sunrise to discuss the latest cyber craze called ‘sneaky hat’. This involves young people posting naked photos online with only a hat to cover their modesty. When asked why young people are doing this, … Continue reading

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Australian kids among the most cybersafe in the world

According to an article in the Herald Sun, Australian kids are among the most cybersafe in the world. They also log on to the internet at a younger age than their European counterparts. The article quotes from a report carried … Continue reading

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Free Community Seminar

Leading Your Kids on the Cyber Express – Presented by Dianne Taylor You are invited to this FREE seminar for adults designed to help parents take control of their children’s internet behaviour. Wednesday 16 November 2011, 7.00pm The Centenary Centre … Continue reading

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Facebook Change Privacy Options

Facebook have today announce a raft of changes to the way users control their privacy. Amongst the features introduced are: Inline profile controls; Profile tag review; Content tag review; View profile as; Change your mind after you post; Tag Who … Continue reading

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