developed in partnership with Andrew Fuller, (clinical psychologist and student wellbeing specialist), has been developed to help parents understand, recognise and manage bullying and cyberbullying behaviours.
The cybersafety and social media module
developed in partnership with Susan McLean (cybersafety expert), has been developed to help parents address standards of behaviour in the context of cybersafety and social media.
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.
PARENTS who buy into their children’s online disputes can continue the tirade long after their children have made up, warn bullying experts.
Judi Fallon, manager of the Alannah and Madeline Foundation’s eSmart program, said parents can exacerbate cyber bullying problems between schoolchildren.
Ms Fallon said the problem could start at school, then continue at home on social media sites, where parents often became involved. ”Kids being kids, they can end up friends the next day, but the parents continue on with it,” she said.
Although the Pew Report is US in origin, it is a useful tool to gauge how teenagers and parents use and view the internet and their online privacy.
81% of parents of online teens say they are concerned about how much information advertisers can learn about their child’s online behavior, with some 46% being “very” concerned.
72% of parents of online teens are concerned about how their child interacts online with people they do not know, with some 53% of parents being “very” concerned.
69% of parents of online teens are concerned about how their child’s online activity might affect their future academic or employment opportunities, with some 44% being “very” concerned about that.
69% of parents of online teens are concerned about how their child manages his or her reputation online, with some 49% being “very” concerned about that.
Some of these expressions of concern are particularly acute for the parents of younger teens; 63% of parents of teens ages 12-13 say they are “very” concerned about their child’s interactions with people they do not know online and 57% say they are “very” concerned about how their child manages his or her reputation online.
YouTube can be a fantastic resource for adults and children alike, but there can be issues with content and comments. On the back of this, YouTube has developed a support site for parents which includes:
Yomego, the social media agency recently posted a piece on parents posting their child’s photos to Facebook. The main issue they cite is that we are all worried about our online privacy, but some of us are posting photos of young children – who have no say or even knowledge that their image is being published to an unknown audience. Read the article here.