- Will I get what I paid for
- Know the basics
- Protect yourself
Continuing on with the resources provided by the Australian Communication and Media Authority‘s Cybersmart website, the information social networking and online friends is very useful. It includes information on:
- Are they my friends in real life too?
- Know the basics of safe social networking
- Meeting online friends in the real world – do you really know who you’re meeting?
- What does cyberbullying look like?
- How do I deal with it?
- What if a friend is being bullied online?
- Am I a cyberbully?
Useful tips, links and resources.
The Australian Communications and Media Authority‘s website Cybersmart has developed and published new cybersmart material for Australians. Looking at how our online behaviours affect us and our networks, the following video and accompanying resources encourage us to relate positively in all our online communications.
According to the ACMA’s research, more than one in five 14 to 15-year-olds has experienced cyberbullying, compared to sixteen per cent of 16 to 17-year-olds. Twelve per cent of 14 to 15-year-olds report that they have frequently witnessed cyberbullying.
‘The good news is that these young people are prepared to stand up and speak out about cyberbullying. Fourteen and 15-year-olds reported that they frequently took action by telling the cyberbully to stop (14 per cent), defending the target of the bullying (20 per cent), or ignoring the cyberbullying behaviour (21 per cent),’ Richard Bean said.
Levels of cyberbullying among Australian children remain generally steady despite increases in online participation, indicating that the cybersafety messages underpinning programs such as Cybersmart are getting through.
Read the rest of the early findings here.
This one minute video from ACMA’s Cybersmart makes you rethink what you see on your computer…
This one minute video from ACMA’s Cybersmart is worth watching. It gives a quick reminder how much damage posting inappropriate photos can do.
The Australian Government’s Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy has an online help page where users who need to talk, report or learn about unwelcome behaviours can do so quickly and easily.
As Australian students prepare for the summer holidays, it is a great time to introduce them to or remind them of this type of support.