Online behaviour fact sheet

The Line, an Australian government website that helps young adults decide where they draw the line in lots of areas of their lives, has developed an online behaviour fact sheet designed for parents. Included are ten tips to protect kids online:

  • Limit the time they spend online – set clear boundaries and stick to them
  • Get protector software on your computers that blocks access to risky sites.
  • Get involved with, and understand the technology your child is using
  • Direct your kid to age-appropriate sites and find out about the sites they are visiting
  • Allow internet use only in shared family areas at home
  • Explain that they must not give out their phone number or address online at any time
  • Encourage them to report behaviour that makes them feel uncomfortable or afraid.
  • Without scaring them, explain that stranger danger also works online.
  • Ask your child to let you know if someone your child has met online wants to get in contact or meet face to face.
  • Make sure they understand what behaviour is acceptable online, both from them and others.

Read the whole fact sheet here.

Report release: ‘Enhancing parents’ knowledge and practice of online safety’

The Young and Well CRC has just released a report entitled ‘Enhancing parents’ knowledge and practice of online safety’.

New research from the Young and Well CRC, led by the University of Western Sydney and supported by Google Australia, reveals that young people are aware of the risks of being online – but they could show their parents a thing or two.

Perhaps reassuringly for parents, the report shows that young people:

  • make good use of the online security controls and privacy settings that are available
  • are particularly savvy about how to stay safe when using social networking sites
  • are influenced by their parents when it comes to being smart, safe, respectful and resilient online.

Read the whole article here and the report here (request report via email).