Category Archives: Dangers

Fakebook – Teen boy poses as a girl and……

The Adelaide Advertiser has reported that:  A 14-YEAR-OLD South Australian boy could face a lengthy jail term  after he set up a fake Facebook account posing as a girl and invited male  friends to send him nude photos.   The boy sent … 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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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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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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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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Texting While Driving Kills: Show your Teens this Screenshot!

Charlie White, senior editor for mashable, posted the photo above as a graphic reminder of the consequences of texting while driving.  He notes, the unfinished text, that was never sent, was typed by 22-year-old Alexander Heit as he was driving through … 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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The Secret Life of Teens – Keeping you in the Picture

A 2012 Report conducted by independent research firm Taylor Nelson Sofres, and commissioned by mcafeecybered.com   found that almost 80% of parents said they are having conversations with their teens about their online activities however… 66.5% of teens said their parents … Continue reading

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The Boy who Saw too Much

When her 11 year-old son was exposed to a violent porn video online, Lizi Patch was left to explain adult concepts to a confused child. “Faced with hideous new information my son simply didn’t know where to file it.” Click … Continue reading

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Mirror Mirror on the Wall – The Selfie and the Psychological Impact on our Teens

The urbandictionary defines a Selfie as: ‘A picture taken of yourself and uploaded to Facebook, or other social media sites. You can usually see the person’s arm holding out the camera. A selfie is usually accompanied by a kissy or duck face or … Continue reading

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