Keeping kids safe online
Trust your instincts. If you suspect your child is being groomed online or is the subject of ‘sextortion’, act immediately.
That’s one piece of advice from a new guide launched by Minister for Justice Michael Keenan as part of Stay Smart Online Week 2017.
Aimed at parents, teachers and carers, the SOS Guide to Cyber Safety on the ThinkUKnow website gives clear and practical information about the online challenges children face, such as cyberbullying and unwanted sexual advances.
Online grooming and ‘sextortion’ are on the rise and parents are advised to keep an eye on their kids’ online activity to ensure they do not become victims.
The guide tells parents and carers to have open and honest conversations with their kids about what they do online and discourage them from talking to strangers online.
It also advises them to create a family online safety contract to create clear parameters about using the internet and technology safely.
Online abuse or illegal activity should be reported immediately to the Australian Federal Police, or online via the ThinkUKnow website. If a child is in immediate danger or risk, call Triple Zero (000).
Minister Keenan also launched the SOS Guide to Cyber Security, a more general guide for everyone on cybercrime, security risks and how to take action if things go wrong.
It’s all part of Stay Smart Online Week 2017 which is providing practical advice to individuals and businesses on how to protect themselves online.