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.

Cyberbullying enters the Concise Oxford English Dictionary

Cyberbullying (noun): The use of electronic communication to bully a person, typically by sending messages of an intimidating or threatening nature: children may be reluctant to admit to being the victims of cyberbullying. This week the Concise Oxford English Dictionary added 400 new … Continue reading

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Cyber safety and digital responsibility – A message from the Principal of Ivanhoe Grammar School

Dear Parents One of the great areas of challenge for schools in the modern era of digital technology relates to cyber safety and digital citizenship amongst students. There continues to be developments in digital technology and software applications that provide … Continue reading

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ACMA help your Teens deal with unwanted contact

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) have published on their Cybersmart site guidelines for teens on how to deal with unwanted online contact. Unwanted contact can come from complete strangers or online friends that are acting inappropriately. This page will … Continue reading

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How Cybersmart Are You?

The Australian Media and Communications Authority (ACMA) have recently released this excellent video to provide information directly to parents. This weekend take just 5 minutes to watch this video and find out how cybersmart YOU are! ACMA have a section … Continue reading

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Cybersafety in Primary Years

Once, not so long ago, we could put off ticking the Cybersafety box until our children reached the teenage years, but now parents and educators need a greater awareness from a much earlier age. Primary children first start exploring the … Continue reading

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The Importance of Social Media

This is an update on a video you may have seen before about the rise and importance of social media. The statistics are amazing! Social media is here to stay. As Erik Qualman says in this video “We don’t have … Continue reading

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Microsoft – How to help your kids use social websites more safely

Microsoft have produced some great guidelines for parents on cyber safety at their Safety and Security Centre. “These days, many kids draw little distinction between real life and online life. They may use social websites designed for children such as … Continue reading

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Facebook Gossip Page

The discovery of a Facebook page which contains some unsavoury content involving some students at the School, as reported recently in the media, is of concern to the School as we continue to support the welfare of our students, especially … Continue reading

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Osama Bin Laden Scam

When the World’s most wanted terrorist is tracked down and killed everyone wants to know all about it. The Americans have so far declined to release a photo proving the death of Osama Bin Laden. This is fuelling more interest … Continue reading

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No that is not Microsoft on the phone!

Last week two members of staff reported receiving calls from ‘The Windows Service Centre’ claiming that their PCs were generating malicious error messages out to the Internet. One staff member was immediately suspicious as he was at that moment in … Continue reading

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Make sure you update your computer

On the second Tuesday of every month Microsoft release security updates and patches for their Windows software. This has now commonly become known as Super Patch Tuesday. Usually these updates fix various security issues or bugs in Windows that have … Continue reading

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Facebook Launch New Anti-Bullying Tools

Last week at a White House anti-bullying event hosted by President Barack and Michelle Obama Facebook launched a new suite of anti-bullying tools aiming to “create a culture of respect” amongst users of the social networking site. Facebook’s changes are centred … Continue reading

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Australian Cybersafety Program for Schools Launch

This week the Melbourne Football Club have teamed up with Kaspersky to launch the Digital Demons program. The aim is to provide cybersafety advice and training to teachers, parents, students and community groups. The program kicked off with a professional … Continue reading

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Adam Goodes Internet Safety Tips

Adam Goodes, AFL star with the Sydney Swans, has filmed a video in conjunction with Telstra to give advice on online safety, in particular how to protect your privacy on social networking sites. Adam provides some sound advice often drawing … Continue reading

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A timely reminder about Digital Reputation

Happy New Year to all iCyberSafe readers. Hopefully you had a great Christmas and a fun New Year? With plenty of BBQs and parties to go to there is always someone with a digital camera ready to snap you at your … Continue reading

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