Tag Archives: Cybersafety

Sex Predator Arrested – Requests Indecent Pics on Kik from 12 Year Old

This is yet another article warning about the dangers of the popular texting app, Kik Messenger.   Kik cannot be viewed publically.  Pedophiles have taken to texting and sending pictures hoping for a response.  One Mum reports that her 14 year old … Continue reading

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Dirl and Gnoc? Learn the New Online Teen Language!

Secret, teen coded messages may be online danger signs. Perhaps parents need to go back to school and learn the new language!   The Daily Mail recently reported, that, ‘these coded messages may be the first clue that their children are self-harming, being … Continue reading

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Do you know if your child has a Kik Account?

Parents would be wise to keep an eye on the apps their tweens and teens are using on their ipods and smart phones.   Kik allows free text and pic sending services between those who have downloaded the app on their phone or … Continue reading

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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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Top 5 Teen Apps 2014 Series: Instagram – how to keep them safe.

What is Instagram? Top 2 App as promised and more to follow.  Snap Chat  was Number 1.  Instagram is like a public, mobile photo album.  You can post your own pics, copy pics from the internet, share your friend’s pics and use filters to create … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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‘Ask.Fm is ridiculous and pathetic’

How good is it when you come across teenagers who show an awareness of some of the horrors of social media and are dismissive of some of these sites. This post is by 15 year old, Sami Cuff.   Sami, certainly restores my faith and … Continue reading

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