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Internet Safety St Mary's Wollongong

Internet Safety St Mary's Wollongong



An education session for parents at St Mary Star of the Sea College Wollongong. The college works with parents to create a healthy and safe environment for learning and growth.

An education session for parents at St Mary Star of the Sea College Wollongong. The college works with parents to create a healthy and safe environment for learning and growth.



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    Internet Safety St Mary's Wollongong Internet Safety St Mary's Wollongong Presentation Transcript

    • Welcome!
      • What do I need to know?
      • What does my daughter need from me?
      • 4 areas of risk:
        • Web surfing
        • Social Networking
        • MSN and Chat
        • Mobile Phones
    • Many parents feel out of their depth when it comes to kids and technology...
    • New rules... or just a new understanding?
      • The internet is limitless and unregulated
      • Now, more than ever, children need limits
      • Parents and schools continue to provide the security and safety of limits
      • No one else can or will
    • Some parents feel the conflict over technology is not worth it...
    • We will support you to...
      • understand what kids are doing online
      • understand the benefits and risks
      • work with your kids to establish boundaries and rules
      • respond appropriately when things go wrong
    • The internet is not all evil , but finding the good stuff is tricky...
    • Inappropriate content
      • use a content filter (list available from IIA Australia – see the links)
      • keep the computer in a public place in the home
      • check ‘history’
      • talk to your children about the un-censored nature of the internet
    • If they do stumble on something: ‘log-off and tell’
    • Social Networking
      • used to manage relationships, self-promote, communicate
      • examples include MySpace, Bebo and Facebook
      • peer groups use sites like this to ‘regulate’ and monitor friendships
    • Kids may feel socially excluded if they do not participate online...
    • Major rules:
      • Parents should be invited as ‘friends’ on social networking sites so you can visit and check
      • Never ever, ever, ever allow your child to tell someone their username and password
      • Set up all privacy features on the site
    • Chat
    • Major rules...
      • have the computer in a public space in the house (no closed doors)
      • check the contact list regularly – do you know each person on it?
      • limit time
      • set a ‘log-off’ time
      • save a chat log (just in case)
    • Kids assume they should be available 24/7
    • Phones: not just for phone calls!
      • SMS and MMS (even touch texting : R U 4 rl?)
      • music sharing
      • photos (straight to flickr)
      • videos (straight to youtube)
      • games and applications
      • bluejacking and bluesnarfing
      • occasional phone calls
    • Phone abuse is a concern for many children...
    • The major rules...
      • no phone in the room at bedtime
      • SIM lock the phone so only your child can switch it on
      • Set Bluetooth to ‘Always Hidden’
      • Children must not share their number freely
      • Their number must not be communicated by email, IM or online
    • Bullying
    • Bullying... St Mary’s says “no way!”
      • strong anti-bullying policy
      • early intervention
      • process of ‘shared concern’
      • engagement with parents
      • serious consequences for agressive students
    • Online bullying
      • do not respond online!
      • parents should not approach young people to ‘make them stop’
      • the child should ask aggressor to stop in clear language
      • let the college know (TG teacher or Year Coordinator)
    • Online bullying
      • in IM: block the user
      • on MySpace, Bebo or Facebook: block the user and report abuse
      • on mobile phone: block the number
      • keep records (texts, logs, chats)
      • inform police if necessary
    • Other help...
      • NetAlert Helpline - 1800 880 176
      • Kids Help Line - 1800 55 1800
      • www.netalert.gov.au
    • Online predators use trust and esteem to engage young people
    • Personal safety
      • abduction is very rare in Australia
      • young people take their security for granted
      • you will be accused of being:
        • paranoid
        • over-protective
        • old fashioned
        • untrusting (of them!)
    • The major rules...
      • never, ever publish identifying data
      • limit contributions to other social networking pages
      • do not accept ‘friend’ invitations from strangers
      • develop a ‘log-off and tell’ procedure
      • keep evidence
    • Be alert to signs that things are not right with your child
    • Keep communicating
    • Listen to their experience Listen to your daughter’s experiences online
    • Get help when you need it...
    • There are other types of surfing!
    • tonight’s resources:
      • www.delicious.com/stmarys_parents
      • All images are Creative Commons licensed from Stock Exchange www.sxc.hu