Listed below are suggested best practices and recommendations from industry professionals and the Australian Government’s office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner. These ideas are known to be useful ways to combat the risks of cyber safety in the first instance:
- Talk regularly to your children about bullying and cyber bullying.
- Visit the Children’s eSafety Commissioner’s website with your kids (children through to teenagers) where you can access useful information for parents and children and report illegal and offensive content.
- If your child has experienced problems with bullying or offensive content online, you may want to access web or telephone counselling from the Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800
- Familiarise yourself with how to use parental controls on your children’s devices.
- Have your home computer in a public location in the house – limit the secrecy.
- Explore the internet as a family – share funny moments or interesting sites.
- Become more computer savvy yourself.
- Agree on a plan of Acceptable Internet Behaviour together as a family (see attachment)