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Helping kids to stay safe online is something many parents are concerned about.
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Do you know the age limit for kids using social media?

Cyberbullying, inappropriate content, sexting, trolling – the online world can be a scary place for adults and even more so for impressionable children. Helping our kids to stay safe online is something many of us feel concerned and conflicted about. However, understanding the basics of the internet can help keep you ahead of the game should you need to manage a tricky situation.

To help parents and carers navigate the constantly changing nature of the internet, iParent provides online safety resources ranging from how to keep your eye on screen time to social media age limits (scroll down for infographic.) It also provides valuable links on where to make a complaint about cyberbullying and how to report offensive or illegal content.

 

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It can be difficult to resist your child’s ‘pester power’ when it comes to allowing them to engage on social media, especially when their friends may be permitted.

#SaferInternetDay

Using data collected between 2010 and 2015 from more than 500,000 adolescents nationwide, San Diego State University professor and author of iGen, Jean Twenge discovered that children who used social media daily were 13 per cent more likely to report high levels of depressive symptoms than those who used social less frequently.

“With generational divides wider than ever, parents, educators, and employers have an urgent need to understand today’s rising generation of teens and young adults,” he wrote.

To help encourage a better internet experience, the theme to this year’s Safer Internet Day (SID) is ‘Create, connect and share respect: A better internet starts with you’. There are a few ways you and your business can get involved with SID2018, including:

  • Sign up for the free SID2018 Virtual Classroom
  • Run internal staff events
  • Include content on your website, newsletters or other platforms
  • Use #SID2018 or #SaferInternetDay on social media

Whether you’re a parent, school, small business, not-for-profit, sporting club or large corporate, HomeHub encourages you to share how you or your community show respect online.

 

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Veda Dante

Veda Dante is an accomplished journalist, consultant and content creator who has nearly 30 years’ experience writing about everything from tourism, hospitality and health to architecture, pools and luxury goods. When she’s not producing copy for clients, this self-confessed word nerd is usually writing and photographing the Byron Bay region for her blog www.livebyron.com.au

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