Category Archives: cybersmart

Mother and daughter – Lessons learnt the hard way!

In an attempt to show her daughter how quickly a picture can spread over the internet, one mum’s “lesson” quickly backfired. Kira Hudson posted a picture of her daughter, Amia, on Facebook holding a sign dated 18/03/14, saying, “Mum is … 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Surprise, surprise, Snapchat Pics Don’t Delete!

Teens think Snapchat is fun and many use it just for that. But do those who use it to sext, (and that is a well known use of it!) know that Snapchat’s promised “self-deleting” images do not actually disappear!  This is not the … Continue reading

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Sexting v Child Pornography

When three US high school students from Virginia made mobile phone videos of drunken sex acts with fellow teens and shared them among themselves, they ended up in court last week facing charges usually reserved for adult predators: child pornography, … Continue reading

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