Safer Internet Day

On Tuesday we celebrated Safer Internet Day, with all classes participating in a variety of activities. It was lovely to visit many classrooms and see the students engage with the activities - you may have heard your child talking about Lah-Lah, Swoosh and Glide and Jimmy Rees (aka Jimmy Giggle) as together, with Commissioner Julie Inman Grant, they launched Safer Internet Day 2021.

With youngsters now spending a significant portion of their time in online environments it is important that we, as parents, remain vigilant to the risks of being online and talk our children about these. The government's eSafety website (https://www.esafety.gov.au/ parents) has numerous resources to help parents navigate these. The following online safety tips offer targeted advice for parents of children between the ages of 5 and 12. They have been taken from the eSafety website. Advice is also available on this site for children below the age of 5 and children between the ages of 13 to 17.


Targeted Advice for Parents of Kids 5-12
 (https://www.esafety.gov.au/parents/skills-advice/online-safety-basics​)

As children start to navigate the online world and interact with others more independently, they are more likely to be exposed to risks of bullying or unwanted contact, accidentally coming across inappropriate content or racking up bills through in-app purchases.

Your guidance can help them be aware of the risks and understand what is expected of them. And let them know you are always there to support them.

For kids aged 5 to 12, it is important to:

  • Keep the computer or device in an area of your home that can be supervised. And check in regularly with your child to see what they are viewing.

  • Stay engaged with their online activity. If they agree, consider setting up your own accounts with the sites they use most so you can see how they work and understand the risks.

  • Explore the online world with them to help establish that this is not just a solitary activity. Play games with them. Do a creative project together.

  • Think about social media readiness. Most social media sites require users to be at least 13 years of age before they can register, although some sites are created especially for children under 13. See are they old enough?

  • Encourage respect and empathy. Teach them to avoid sharing or posting things that may upset others. See good habits start young.

  • Start building resilience. Teach your child that there are ways they can deal with material that worries or frightens them. This includes immediately telling you or another trusted adult of any concerns or uncomfortable material. See good habits start young.

  • Encourage them to learn about online safety by exploring the kids section of this site.