According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian teenagers are spending up to 18 hours per week online and 91 percent of teens aged 15 to 19 report using social media. Online and social media use plays a significant role in the lives of today’s youth.
“Cyber bullying, harassment and online safety is the number one issue compromising the safety of kids in schools at the moment," said Senior Constable Susan McLean, Cyber Safety Advisor.
With the proliferation of websites, apps, online games and social media, today’s children are exposed to a vast array of content and images as well as being able to communicate and share with people across the globe. The content they are exposed to, information they share, and people they connect with, may not always be appropriate.
Social media is an enjoyable, helpful tool that can enable you to keep in touch with family and friends. Young people will often communicate over social media when working on group assignments or organising events. They can also use it to help each other with homework or studies, so it can be a beneficial tool for your child’s education.
The internet has become an integral part of life … and education. It’s a powerful resource, enabling people of all ages to learn and communicate in new ways.
For children, the internet has been ever-present and so it’s an essential tool. But some of us have not grown up with the internet at our fingertips and like many forms of new technology, it can be daunting.
For all its many benefits for both young and old users, there is no denying that the internet in terms of exposing their children to risks, presents a number of challenges for parents.
In many cases, children are more equipped and experienced internet users than their parents. So how can parents protect their children from something they don’t necessarily fully understand?