Bullying and cyberbullying interactive learning modules for parents

The Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development has developed online interactive learning modules for parents that focus on bullying and cyberbullying.

The bullying and cyberbullying module

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.

Two excellent resources for parents.

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).

Childish behaviour as parents worsen cyber-bullying

Recently the Sydney Morning Herald published an article on how parental involvement in their child’s online issues can actually make matters worse. Journalist Deborah Gough explains:

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.

Read the entire article here.

Parents, teens and online privacy: the Pew Report 2012

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.

View the summary of findings here or download the full report here.

Sexting – what every parent should know

New South Wales Department of Education and Communities has published a parents’ guide to sexting, including a podcast from a child psychologist:

Listen to child psychologist Kimberley O’Brien talking about the dangers of sexting.

Kimberly O’Brien on sexting

At a glance

  • Sexting involves the use of a mobile phone and the transmission of a sexual image or message between two people.
  • Educate your child about what it is and why it’s illegal.
  • Give your child suggestions of what to do if they receive a sexting message.
  • Discuss the consequences of sexting and the damage that can be done to reputations in the long term on the internet.

This is a great resource for parents. Access the whole guide here.

Twitter Help Centre for parents and teenagers

Twitter has developed a Help Centre which includes tips for parents and teenagers.

Topics for parents include:

What you can do:

When it has gone too far:

Learn more

While topics for teenagers include:

What you can do:

When it has gone too far:

What are parents afraid of?

Last week internet researcher and expert danah boyd asked her followers “what they’re afraid of with their kids’ use of social media. (Note: this is a biased crowd.)”

Among the issues were:

  • privacy
  • safety
  • influence of outsiders
  • loss of control
  • being bullied or a bully


YouTube parent support site

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:

  • safety tips
  • safety modes
  • commenting
  • reporting inappropriate content
  • reporting inappropriate contact
  • children’s profiles and more

Access the page here.

Parents, there are consequences when posting your child’s photos to Facebook

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.

Parent guide to protecting kids’ privacy online

Common Sense Media has developed a handy guide for parents to help protect their children’s privacy online. Topics include:

  • Understanding the privacy issues that affect your kids
  • Learning the importance of privacy settings
  • Limiting your kids’ online footprint
  • Helping protect your kids’ online reputation

Access the guide here.