The busy parents' guide to keeping your kids safe online

Accredited by the Office of the Children’s e-Safety Commissioner, thousands of children have experienced our BCyberwise module.But what about the parents?

As a busy mum of 4, I often feel that my brain is in overload. Too much information – not enough time (or space!)

Alex mother of four and founder of the Cybermum Facebook page

In addition, I am pleased to announce that a series of Vodcasts (or videos) that cover strategies for keeping kids safe online are now available for parents. Why not tune in to get the latest statistics, research and advice on the best ways to help you and your kids navigate the digital world?

Alexs' top 5 things you can do right now to keep your kids safe online:

1. Create a Charging Zone

Why not set up a designated area where all devices can be charged – and stored? This is a great way of extricating the devices from bedrooms at night.

2. Consider a Family Technology Contract

Many families are opting to set out expectations for online behaviour in a formal agreement. This can include time spent online, sites that can be visited and what information is suitable to share online. Do I need a contract?

3. Join them online

Yes, all of them. This is a great way of truly understanding how it all works. You’ll also establish a little ‘tech cred’ – which means your kids are more likely to come to you if there is a problem.

4. Pledge to stay calm not threaten to disconnect

If your kids come to you with a problem they are experiencing online, it is essential that you do NOT ‘go crazy’ and threaten to disconnect them. If you do this, I can guarantee that you will never hear about another problem again which isn’t ideal. Our kids need us to help them problem solve. So, pledge to stay calm. Perhaps invest in yoga classes or a meditation app!

5. Collecting your own online stories to share

Sharing stories of things you have seen online such as workmates slightly inappropriate Facebook posts – and the consequences – with your kids is a great way of starting a real conversation about safe digital behaviour.

Parenting in the digital age is definitely not easy. In fact, it can be really hard. So let’s make the journey a little easier and share our know-how and experiences. Make yourself a cuppa and check out our series of cybersafety vodcasts

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