Category Archives: Cyber Safety

Top 5 Teen Apps 2014 Series: Is Snap Chat Safe?

What is Snapchat? Number 1 App today as promised and the rest to follow.  This cute, innocuous little fellow is the symbol of Snapchat!  Snapchat is an app that allows users to take pics and send them to others.  You can … Continue reading

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Be Warned Apps are flying right below your Parent Radar!

Tired of prying adult eyes scanning their Facebook pages, teens are turning more and more to Apps which they download to their phones or other mobile devices and then use them to communicate in private.  Just as parents thought that they had mastered … Continue reading

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Oh dear, Now the Mums fight it out on FB!!

The war of words continued yesterday moving from the daughters to the mothers.  After one Mum posted an Instagram message to her daughter from another 12 year old on her FB page, the other Mum took to FB also to … Continue reading

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India Inc takes on Cyber-bullying!

India might have a solution.  A Global Youth Online Behaviour Survey released by Microsoft found that instances of children being harassed by cyber bullying are on the increase in countries like China, Singapore and India. Globally, India is third behind China and Singapore.  … Continue reading

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Should Mum buy into cyberbully game?

The Herald Sun has reported that, ‘An Australian mum has named and shamed a 12-year-old cyber bully who has been tormenting her daughter. Anne-Marie Schmidt posted a screen shot on her Facebook page of the girl’s Instagram post, which incites … Continue reading

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Monitor your child on Kik, iMessage, Instagram

This tactic is similar to, the now old fashioned trend, of ‘friending’ your child on Facebook.  As tweens and teens leave Facebook in droves you can no longer keep a strategic eye on them from afar in the old way. So new approaches are needed!  Kik and iMessage … Continue reading

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14 year old NSW girl lured to Victoria by 17 year old boy via Kik

What is Kik Messenger??  Is it safe? Do you know if you child is using it? Most parents don’t!  Last week, a 14 year old, Year 8 girl, went missing from her home with a 17 year old boy she met through Kik Messenger. Yesterday she was found.  … Continue reading

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Chloe’s Law….Teen in Tassie takes her own life

Chloe was 15.  Full of the vitality of life, with a beautiful family, including a gorgeous big sister.  She was inundated via social media with nasty, petty, spiteful messages from teens who should know better and yet were either the … Continue reading

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Police Arrest 15 year old using Kik

It hasn’t happened in Australia yet but it is only a matter of time.  In the US police have arrested and charged a teen in Florida who sent hundreds of threatening text and computer messages to 3 other teen girls, telling one of … Continue reading

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Facebook Post Leads to the Arrest of 2 Teenagers on Bullying Charges

After 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick killed herself last month, The Age reported that, ‘one of her  tormenters continued to make comments  about her online, even bragging about the  bullying, a sheriff said on  Tuesday.   The especially callous remark hastened the arrest … Continue reading

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Pardon me, that’s it! Grown Ups put down your Phones!

It was watching a Dad, with two under 7s and dog, cross a road glued to his phone that did it for me, but it could have been any number of other instances.  I have been simmering ready to boil … Continue reading

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Tween Parent’s Kik Revelation!

I don’t know about you, but I always find it helpful to hear real life accounts from real life parents about their experiences keeping their children cybersafe.  Below is the parent of a 12 year old, in response to the dangers of Kik Messenger. At … Continue reading

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A 12 year old’s view of Kik. Share with your Tween!

A 12 year old, left a comment on this website.  I have printed it below, ‘warts and all’.  It’s a conversation starter! Kik once contacted my mom because I am apparently “underaged” for the application. On the iPhone the rating … Continue reading

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Texting and Driving now the No 1 Killer of Teens

Do your teens text and drive? A new study shows that texting and driving is now the number one killer of teens, surpassing drinking and driving.  In a story  reported by CBS, more than 3,000 teens die in the United States annually from … Continue reading

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Dads, please speak to your boys!

The Guardian newspaper recently reported on a new film, called InRealLife,   This is a film no parent and no teenager should miss.   A particular section of the  film caught my attention. A group of teen boys in London are asked. “What is the best thing … Continue reading

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