Parents hear tips for online safety
TABLELANDS parents have been armed with potentially life-saving advice to protect their children from the pitfalls they can face online.
At a special information session at Mareeba High School on Wednesday night, acting Senior Constable Haylee Campbell said parents needed to do their research about what was on their children’s phones and to be able to talk to them openly.
“There are a lot of bad people in the world and you can never be too careful,” she said.
With topics discussed such as relationships, “ghost” apps, and cyber bulling, parents were able to have a better understanding about the potential harm with online interactions.
Ghost app icons appear on phones as something innocent (such as a calculator), but they contain hidden photos and videos.
Acting Sen-Const Campbell said kids had grown up with technology but they needed to understand the risks.
“When it comes to online nothing is private.” she said.
Deputy principal of Mareeba High, Lesa Pershouse, said issues affecting young people’s use of technology confronted them daily.
“In the digital world, kids and parents need to be aware of the dangers,” she said.
“The lines of communication need to be open and kids need to be safe and safe online.”
For more information about online safety and security visit www.thinkuknow.org.au and in an emergency ring 000.
Acting Senior Constable Haylee Campbell speaking to parents about the challenges young people may face online.