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Cyber Safety


Useful Sites for Help and Information

Australian Government

Hectors World - A site for young children to explore online safety
NZ NetSafe

Super Clubs Plus - An environment for students to learn about online social networks
Childnet International

ThinkuKnow

Cyber Bullying

Facts about cyber bullying
Tips for parents on how to respond
What is cyber bullying?
Parents' quick guide to responding
Types of cyber bullies

Surf Safely With Browsers

Google Safe Search
Safe surfing tips for teenagers
Parental Control Bar - Free filtering tool
Safety first with Internet Explorer
How to use Parental Controls on Internet Explorer

Social Media


Parenting with the Digital Generation (article)

Videos

The following sites have a range of video content that you may be interested in watching and even later watching with your child/ren if you deem it appropriate.

PBS - Growing Up Online
Cyber Bullying - A view of this issue from the student view.  Great for children to watch
Exposed - A view of the issue of sexting and its consequences

Protecting Your PC

All of these products are free and do a very good job when used together. The key with these tools is that you need to scan your computer based on your usage - if the internet is used a lot then scan with Spybot and AdAware every fortnight - if the internet is only used a low or moderate amount then scan once a month. If you are ever concerned with anything on the computer then run a scan just to be sure. These products are designed to simply help eliminate viruses and unwanted software on your computer.

AVG - This program runs as a virus protection option and will scan email and software loaded onto your computer. An alternative to commercial products such as Norton and McAfee.
Spybot - This program checks and removes any malicious software from your browsers, it also helps to scan common locations on your computer for items that should not be there.
AdAware - This program also checks your internet browser for malicious software.
Windows Defender - Microsoft recently released this free tool that will do many of the functions the programs above provide - this tool is highly recommended. However please note that you must have a valid copy of Windows to install this application.

Being Smart Online

Know What You Do Online
  • Check your privacy settings for all of your important online services
  • Ensure that you talk with your parents about what you do online, who your friends are and the sites you use.
  • Take the time to show mum and dad what you do online and if appropriate even get them to join and become involved.

Responsible Behaviour
  • What you say, do and post online can remain online for a very long time
  • Be respectful of others content
  • The more positive things you do and are said about you online the better your reputation will appear on the Internet.
  • In the future and even today your reputation online is like your driver’s licence or passport - if you muck it up it will stick with you and everyone will know.
  • If you are bullied online or a friend is bullied online don't respond, let a responsible adult know.

Passwords
  • Your password should contain a minimum of 8 characters.
  • Have a different password for each important online services (i.e. email, Facebook, Dropbox etc)
  • Use passwords that include letters (abc), numbers (1234) and symbols (?!.#)
  • Avoid using sequential patterns (i.e. abcd1234) in your passwords at least once every 6 months.
  • Change your important passwords

Links & Attachments
Sometimes we get links and attachments from friends:
  • If someone sends you a link via email, twitter or Facebook (and other social networking sites) that does not look, sound or feel right don't click on it.
  • Don't open everything you get sent or are pointed to without thinking about who it is from and what it might be about.
  • Make sure your Internet browser (i.e., Firefox, Chrome, Safari etc) is the latest possible for your computer/device.
  • Make sure that your computer is updated with the latest software and has antivirus and anti-malware protection.