Par­ents hear tips for on­line safety

Tablelands Advertiser - - NEWS - By Bec Singh

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.thinku­ and in an emer­gency ring 000.

Pic­ture: Bec Singh

Act­ing Se­nior Con­sta­ble Haylee Camp­bell speak­ing to par­ents about the chal­lenges young peo­ple may face on­line.

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