Category Archives: cybersafety

Parents Underestimate Risk of Cyber-bullying for Teens

Nearly 80 per cent of Australian children under 10 years of age use social networks. Among older teenagers – those 16 and 17 – parents underestimate bullying and risky online behaviour. But the most likely candidate for cyber-bullying is a … Continue reading

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Students Suspended for Cyberbullying

PARENTS are being warned about the dangers of social media after  students from one of Adelaide’s most reputable public schools were suspended for  cyber bullying.    Unley High School principal Susan Cameron told the Sunday Mail there  had been a “serious … Continue reading

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Mum’s Oldfashioned Rules for Newfashioned Media

If our tweens and teens abided by some of the simplest, time honoured rules it  might help to keep their social media world a nicer place and the social media user safer. Seriously though, below are some of mother’s basic homespun wisdom that would keep most out of … Continue reading

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Top Sexting Tips for Teens and Parents

If you regret sending an image to someone, ask them to delete it and not  forward it on to others. If the image has already been exposed to other people, speak to a trusted  adult to assist you in taking … Continue reading

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How tricky teens hide online and what you can do about it

A study last year revealed that nearly 50% of parents believe that they know what their teens are doing online, while 70 percent of teens revealed they have ways to avoid parental monitoring! Teens trick their parents in the following ways: 53 percent … Continue reading

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What is Omegle? Talk to strangers! Really?

Below is the transcript of a conversation I had with a stranger on Omegle. On Omegle you can anonymously chat with people you don’t know.   I did not have to sign up, enter an email address or create an account and there are no age … Continue reading

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The Psychology behind a Selfie from a Teen’s Perspective……

A Selfie is defined as – taking a pic of yourself, often sexualized, and posting it on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or Instagram with the sole intention of getting ‘likes’- the more the better. Celebrities do it, and tweens, teens and twentysomethings follow.   Why? Take … Continue reading

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Teens post ‘Here I am Pics’ and ‘Kik me @’

The number of tweens and teens posting a Selfie on Instagram or Tumblr is exponentially growing.  Worse, is their propensity to add: ‘kik me @…….’ broadcasting their private contact details to the world.  Once on Kik Messenger the conversation becomes private and basically … Continue reading

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Four Teens Arrested over Sexting at a Melbourne School

This is a true but sadly recurrent story among teens today despite the headlines and the warnings of teachers and parents. Nonetheless it is a teachable moment that you must use to discuss the consequences of sexting with your teen both as the possible transmitter or receiver.  … Continue reading

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Teens Deserting Facebook For Tumblr

It is happening!  Facebook is being parked by teens.  By what and why, you ask?  Quite simply because we (old, boring mums – sorry I am speaking for myself!) are on it!  Teens are over being watched (sometimes stalked ever so sweetly) by Mum, … Continue reading

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Prevent your child from downloading Kik, Instagram, Keek, Hatr, Snapchat, Tumblr……..

Adjust your App Rating restrictions, for iPod, iPad and iPhone to stop your child downloading adult-oriented apps. Many of the Apps that can be purchased from the App Store have age restrictions on them.  Some are 12+ such as Instagram, and Keek others … Continue reading

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Dear Parents, Kik Users must be 17+ now! Read the Reviews!

Should I say yes or no to Kik? How many tweens and teens have begged their parents: ‘Can I pleeeeze get Kik?  A telling change to the recent Kik update is that it asks you to verify that you are 17+ before downloading … Continue reading

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Mean Games Girls Play on Boys

Guest blogger, parent and teacher Damien Atkinson-Buck writes: As a parent of a toddler, I’m fortunate that I don’t have to worry about his adventures in the cyber world for now, but I do have nieces and nephews in their early … Continue reading

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What is Ask.fm? Parents and Teachers warned: Website linked to Cyberbullying

Teens and Anonymity – they are not a good mix! I encourage parents of young teens in particular, to join this website, ask.fm and search for the names of your children. Or ask your child if they know about it. If your teen … Continue reading

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Video Proof your Teen Must See!

Hot on the trail of my last post one of our Dad’s  (bless him) has just let me know that a self named ‘geek’ in the US has posted  video proof on Youtube that shows that Snapchats are even less destructible. digitaltrends reports that … Continue reading

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