Six Tips to Keep Kids Safe Online: UC Experts
(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) CANBERRA, Australia, Sept. 2 -- The University of Canberra issued the following news release:
University of Canberra cyber security experts Nigel Phair and Alastair MacGibbon share their tips about online safety for children, as part of National Child Protection Week (http://napcan.org.au/ncpw/).
"These days, keeping the family computer in a public area of the house so parents can monitor what young people do is not enough, given that many have access to the Internet at any time through tablets, laptops or smart phones," Mr MacGibbon, co-director of the University's Centre for Internet Safety, said. aEuros
"What is important is that young people learn about the consequences of actions and that they develop a good moral compass."aEuros
Their advice for parents and guardians of young Australians to keep kids safe online:aEuros
Join the websites/services kids use to better understand them.
Talk with your kids about acceptable online behaviour.
Discuss values and emphasise that online and offline activities and consequences are similar and can impact their real life: "what you say and do online matters".
Tell them not to add people as online friends unless they know them in real life: "If you're meeting a person from online, tell me or someone".
Remind them: "no matter what you've done -- no matter how bad you think it is -- we can always talk".
Stress they shouldn't share passwords, even with their friends (kids do this as a way of showing how close a friend they are)
Both Mr Phair and Mr MacGibbon are available for interview.
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