Category Archives: Parents

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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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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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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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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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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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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