Cy­ber safety tips for par­ents

North Coast Times - - OPINION -

WA Child Safety Ser­vices is pro­vid­ing a free cy­ber safety par­ent and com­mu­nity work­shop to mark Safer In­ter­net Day 2017 next Tues­day.

The Fe­bru­ary 7 work­shop will be held at Lake Joon­dalup Bap­tist Col­lege sports cen­tre on Shen­ton Av­enue, Joon­dalup from 7-9pm.

“This work­shop has been de­signed to help par­ents and car­ers teach their chil­dren how to safely nav­i­gate the dig­i­tal world,” child safety ad­vo­cate and trainer Kaye­lene Kerr said.

Mrs Kerr said it would in­clude an over­view of the dig­i­tal world, in­clud­ing cur­rent Aus­tralian sta­tis­tics and trends, apps com­monly used by chil­dren and young peo­ple, and rel­e­vant age re­stric­tions.

It will also cover in­for­ma­tion about on­line gam­ing, photo and video shar­ing, sex­ting or nude photos, on­line groom­ing, pornog­ra­phy, in­ap­pro­pri­ate con­tent and cy­ber bul­ly­ing.

Mrs Kerr said par­tic­i­pants would re­ceive in­for­ma­tion about pro­tect­ing per­sonal in­for­ma­tion on­line, dig­i­tal foot­print, dig­i­tal rep­u­ta­tion and WA laws, as well as parental con­trols and re­stric­tions, bal­anc­ing on­line time and es­tab­lish­ing bound­aries and ex­pec­ta­tions.

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