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The internet is an incredible tool for research, communication and entertainment. However, there are risks associated with using the internet and parents and their children should be aware of these to ensure a positive online experience.
The whole family should ensure they're protected. Be
Cybersmart and consider ways you can reduce risks, such as teaching children bullying online is a serious as in 'real life' and the importance of privacy online.
As a parent or guardian, supervise and educate, with clear guidelines about what is and isn't acceptable. However, you should be approachable and should not minimise the situation or lay blame onto your child if they're the victim of online abuse; even if they broke your rules. You want them to be able to come to you!
To report Cyberbullying, illegal content or for resources, go to:
Children's Online Safety and Bullying Complaints Website - Office of the Children's eSafety Commissioner Website
To find out more about bullying including resources for students, parents, teachers and the community, go to:
Cyber Bullying- Bullying No Way
For online cybersafety resources and training, go to:
Think U Know- Online Safety Parent and Teacher training
Australian Communications and Media Authority Website
For more information on Cybercrimes, go to:
Australian Institute of Criminology information on cybercrime
To report a scam, go to:
Scamwatch - Recognising, avoiding and reposting scam