With sexting and image based abuse incidents on the rise, leading childhood health and safety provider Life Education NSW is holding a free online safety session for parents.
New research from the Office of the eSafety Commissioner found 1 in 4 teens aged 14 to 17 experienced at least one sexting/sextortion/revenge porn behavior in the past 12 months.
Alarmingly, there have been reports that kids as young as 11 are putting themselves in danger by sharing nude or semi nude photos of themselves online, often to people they don’t know.
Life Education NSW Kellie Sloane said that young people often didn’t understand the repercussions of what they were sharing online.
“Young people need to be educated about the long term implications of their online activity,” Ms Sloane said.
“Our dedicated cybersafety modules, which are accredited by the Office of the eSafety Commissioner, teach children the importance of being safe and respectful digital citizens.
“But research shows that parents also have an important role to play in keeping their kids safe online, and are a main source of advice and support when children are experiencing problems online.
“However, it can be difficult for parents to keep up with the fast changing digital landscape.”
To help parents and carers better understand the risks their children face online, Life Education NSW, with the support of ClubsNSW, is holding a free information evening for parents.
Topics will include: cyberbullying, online stranger danger, photo sharing and image-based abuse, accessing inappropriate content, sharing personal information online, balancing time online, and safe and respectful online behavior.
Bcyberwise – Keeping Kids Safe Online will be held at 6pm Wed, 22 November at Life Education NSW, 10 Hewitt St Colyton. The event is sponsored by ClubsNSW. Register online now.
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1300 HAROLD (1300 427 653).
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