Tag Archives: Parents

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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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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Texting and Driving now the No 1 Killer of Teens

Do your teens text and drive? A new study shows that texting and driving is now the number one killer of teens, surpassing drinking and driving.  In a story  reported by CBS, more than 3,000 teens die in the United States annually from … 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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Tweens and Teens Addicted to Minecraft. Is yours?

The problem with Minecraft, as aficionados will recognize, is that there is always ‘just one more thing to do’. Minecraft is a fun and educational game.  It requires thought, skill and concentration and like most things there is nothing wrong with it, in moderation.  Increasingly however  … Continue reading

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Stranger Danger on the Internet

A brilliant conversation starter for tweens. Sit down with your 8 to 12 year old and watch their faces as the story unfolds! What seems so silly when you stop to think about it, is occurring everyday. Some good discussions … Continue reading

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Kids move on from Kik. So what is Viber?

What does Viber do? Viber is an App produced for all portable devices, (Apple, Andriod, Windows & Blackberry) which uses any available wi-fi network to make phone calls via the internet. Viber also allows text messaging, so the humble iPod Touch becomes a … 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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