Last week ThinkUKnow Australia participated in National Child Protection Week. This week encourages everyone to “play their part” in protecting young people.
ThinkUKnow.org.au provides a website that parents, caregivers, staff and students can explore to learn about recognising the benefits and potential risks about technology and actions that can help anyone be safer.
ThinkUKnow.org.au suggests some ways to start talking with young people about using technology, such as:
- Do you have any online contacts whom you've never met in person?
- What helped you decide that it was okay to add them?
- How certain can you be that they are who they say they are?
- Are you familiar with the block and report functions of the apps, games and social media sites you use?
Cyber-safety expert Susan McLean, who visits Wallan Secondary College each year, recommends using technology responsibly and with respect. She also suggests that we change our passwords each school holidays.
Most importantly young people are encouraged to use technology safely and if feeling uneasy or know something is not right, to talk to an adult, parent/caregiver or teacher they trust.
www.thinkuknow.org.au ThinkUKnow Australia
www.kidshelp.com.au Kids Helpline ages 5-25years or phone 1800 55 1800, available anytime
www.cybersafetysolutions.com.au Susan McLean's website, cyber-safety expert