Pro­gram takes cy­ber safety to next level

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

WITH a grow­ing de­pen­dence on the in­ter­net, so­cial me­dia and smart phones, a South Perth res­i­dent has de­vel­oped a pro­gram to arm par­ents with the tools to keep chil­dren cy­ber-safe.

Re­sults from the Pew Re­search Cen­ter re­vealed one in three par­ents were con­cerned with their child’s use of tech­nol­ogy.

Teacher and en­tre­pre­neur Kim Maslin said par­ents should work col­lab­o­ra­tively with ed­u­ca­tors to un­der­stand the risks and trends of dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies.

Ms Maslin launched The Cy­ber-Savvy Par­ent­ing Pro­gram late last month.

The pro­gram com­bines on­line and off­line com­po­nents to ad­dress all ques­tions and guide par­ents to ex­tend their knowl­edge on cy­ber safety in a hand­son way.

“From my en­coun­ters with par­ents over the years, I’ve re­alised that cy­ber safety isn’t some­thing that can be com­pletely un­der­stood by lis­ten­ing pas­sively at a par­ent in­for­ma­tion evening,” Ms Maslin said.

“Gen­er­ally par­ents re­quire fur­ther as­sis­tance to feel confi- dent in an area that might be for­eign or new to them.

“I have drawn upon my ex­pe­ri­ences as a teacher to pro­vide the most sup­port­ive and ben­e­fi­cial ap­proach to cy­ber safety ed­u­ca­tion.”

The pro­gram pro­vides six on­line video lessons with learn­ing ac­tiv­i­ties and quizzes.

The lessons cover dig­i­tal de­vices, on­line con­tent, so­cial net­work­ing and gam­ing, cy­ber bul­lies and on­line preda­tors.

The one-off pay­ment for the pro­gram en­ti­tles par­ents to a life­time membership.

Teacher and en­tre­pre­neur Kim Maslin. Visit www.3103com­mu­ni­ca­

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