Kids learn about cyber safety
“IF YOU have a Facebook account or Kik messenger account I want you to go home and delete it.”
This was the message from Cannonvale State School principal Angela Kelly who attended a Cybersmart presentation with students in the school’s assembly hall on Tuesday.
Ms Kelly said she was shocked at the number of students who not only admitted to having a Facebook account but who had also accepted people to their friends list who they had never met.
“Primary school students should not have these social networking accounts and parents need to support that message and be aware of what their children are doing on the internet,” she said.
Cybersmart is a national cyber-safety and cyber-security education program which is designed to educate and empower students to be safe online.
Clarissa Tamblyn from Cybersmart held an eye-opening presentation to teach local kids the importance of protecting their personal information, reading website terms and conditions, blocking pop-ups and identifying harmful sites and scams.
She said websites like Facebook and Instagram had age res- trictions imposed on children under the age of 13, with Kik messenger restricting children under 17.
Cyber smart senior adviser Rosalie O’Neale said parents should be interactive and monitor their child’s internet use.
“Children are active social media users and it is important for them to know they can trust their parents and ask for their gui- dance when online situations arise,” she said. “They need to learn how to regulate their online life, protect their identity and think about their future digital reputation.” Ms Tamblyn also held additional information sessions for teachers and parents to highlight issues of cyber-bullying, social networking and online friends, e-security, online gaming and shopping.
ONLINE SAFETY: Clarissa Tamblyn from Cybersmart taught local students the importance of protecting their personal information, reading website terms and conditions, blocking pop-ups and identifying harmful sites and scams at Cannonvale State School on Tuesday.