Tips for parents to ensure their young children’s safety online

The TODAY Show – Channel 9

Here’s a frightening number for you – 72 million pieces of data on average are being collected from a child before they turn 13. What can parents do to keep their children’s private information safe?

Kids are being exposed to disturbing content on YouTube

A Current Affair – Channel 9

The summer holidays are peak internet season for families – but parents have been warned about a trend of violent, graphic cartoons specifically designed to target children.

“Your child could be viewing the Peppa Pig video which could be a proper video, and in one second they could be watching something completely inappropriate, which they think is the same thing,” Cyber Expert Ross Bark told A Current Affair. 

Cyber-trolls and online bullies: Call for bans amid spate of teenage suicides

The Daily Telegraph

CYBER-BULLIES would be banned from social media and slapped with an online­ version of an apprehended violence­ order as part of a radical plan to stop trolls.

Anti-bullying charities are using a powerful parliamentary inquiry to call for a criminalisation of trolling — including giving child cyber-bullies a social media order (SMO) that would ban them from contacting their victims and using sites such as Facebook and Instagram.

Pre-Teens at Risk in Sick ‘Upskirting Pranks’

The Daily Telegraph

CHILDREN as young as 12 are now becoming victims of “upskirting” and “downblousing” from their own peers in a sick new craze inspired by twisted online video “pranks”.

Cyber safety expert Ross Bark, who teaches courses across NSW schools, said upskirting was a growing issue.

“There is a very twisted genre of YouTube videos that are teaching children highly inappropriate behaviour,” he said.

Smartphone Sleazebags – A Current Affair

Parents would like to think they know what their children and teenagers are up to on their smartphones.

But the truth is, they rarely do. See Ross Bark's comments from this weeks A Current Affair.

REGISTER NOW for the DigiDetox Program

'DIGITAL DETOX' is a new initiative that is specifically designed to engage young people to take a pledge to better use their social media for a period of 48 hours.

To support their pledge, Best Enemies in conjunction with the Bully Free Australia Foundation ("BFAF") will run a number of activities and workshops and provide resources to schools to participate across Australia. 

Glenwood High: Breaking silence to bust harassment

GLENWOOD High School has made a strong commitment to stop bullying and harassment.

Using the Bully Busters Two and Anti-Bullying Forum recently , the school is actively tackling the issue with principal Erla McMaster leading the way.

She spoke about silence being the bully's best friend while deputy principal Lance Berry led students through the The Bully High School workshop.

It helped students understand the impact of bullying through video presentations and scenario studies.