The Australian Communications and Media Authority‘s Cybersmart website has some excellent information on how teenagers can maintain a good digital footprint and ensure their online life doesn’t affect their offline life as well.
- 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.
This week is Privacy Awareness Week, so it seems like a great opportunity to share some thoughts on how you and your family can have your privacy protected.
Australian Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim spoke to ACMA Cybersmart and shares his advice for safeguarding your digital identity.
Here are some recommendations from me for protecting privacy online and when using smart devices:
- Be careful about what information you give out — have your kids asked themselves what information is really needed or whether they can use a pseudonym?
- Use the privacy tools available — make sure the anti-virus and anti-spyware software is up-to-date on your home computers and any laptops, and talk to your kids about updating their privacy settings on their social media.
- Think twice before posting any personal information about yourself or others online — the internet is forever, and once it’s out there, it will always be there. I think it’s useful to encourage your children to think about whether they would like their grandmother, teacher, a potential employer or a future boy/girlfriend to see/read it.
The cybersmart post contains further tips, click here to access.
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.
Dr. Philip Tam, a Child/ Adolescent Psychiatrist and President/ Co-Founder of niira, the Network for Internet Investigation and Research Australia has written a post on internet addiction for the Australian Communications and Media Authority (cyber: smart) blog.
Some of the questions I am asked when assessing a child or teenager with problematic internet use are: How common is this problem in the community? How can parents try to manage or control their child’s heavy (or even extreme) computer use? Can it cause lasting damage and harm to a developing individual?
There have been a number of studies done internationally and in Australia looking at just how big an issue problematic internet use might be. There is an emerging consensus that around five to 10 per cent of all regular computer or internet users (including those who enjoy gaming) might have a problem with excessive use.
Parents have a key role in managing their child’s internet use. Talk to your child, and monitor what games, apps and devices are bought or used by your child. Look out for warning signs that a problem may be emerging, such as reduced school performance or attendance, lack of sleep, not eating and becoming withdrawn from friends and family.
In an upcoming post, Dr Tam will look at available treatments.
This video came to my attention through the ACMA Cybersmart YouTube Channel.
The video is about a mother who friends her son on Facebook.
This video was made by the Youth and Media Summer Interns 2012 at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.
It was created to make research findings on youth, parents, and online privacy accessible to a broader audience and to stimulate discussion among youth and parents.
The characters in this movie are fictional. However, a select number of quotes were taken directly from focus group interviews with youth, conducted by Youth and Media.
The video also includes data from the Pew (Pew Internet & American Life Project) report :http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2012/Teens-and-Privacy.aspx
This one minute video from ACMA’s Cybersmart is worth watching. It gives a quick reminder how much damage posting inappropriate photos can do.
Cybernetrix is an interactive online experience developed by Cybersmart – an initiative of the Australian Communications and Media Authority. It’s produced for secondary students with the aim to inform them about cybersafety through fun activities.
Topics such as
- Keep your personal details personal
- Avoid meeting people in real life who you’ve only met online
- Take action against bullies
- Watch out for dodgy content
- Watch out for online scams
- Downloads may mean trouble
- Your password is top secret
- Protect your computer
are canvassed. Could be worth a look at over the holidays.
ACMA’s Cybersmart has published this short video as a reminder about how what we post online could affect us. They explain:
Keep your digital reputation clean and think twice about posting pics…they could affect you later in ways you couldn’t dream of!