A Parents Guide to Online Safety

Covering a number of key online safety issues, the Parent's guide to online safety offers practical, issues focused information and advice for parents of children.
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Teach your child how to choose strong passwords, by reading how to choose a good password. You should also talk about personal details they could share online, such as where they are and the school they attend. This includes sharing their location — some apps allow you to share your current location with friends, or publicly. Find out more about digital footprints.

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How old should kids be before they get social media accounts? This way, you can help them to stay safe online. Most social media organisations have a safety centre with tools for staying safe online. Take a look at the safety centres of the apps or websites your child uses, and teach them how to use the tools available.

One in five young people in New Zealand have been the target of online bullying.

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Find out more about how to deal with online bullying. Find out more about sexting and how to deal with it. Let them know the options that are available to them — talking to a trusted adult, their school or Netsafe. We can help young people with online bullying, abuse, harassment and other challenges they might face online.

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Let them know we can help. If they come to you for help, count to ten before you react.


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Understand the risks children may need to deal with 2. Practical tips to help minimise the risks your child might face 3.

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Keep talking and stay involved 4. For more information 5. To make a report. This document is also available as a PDF here Social networking is hugely popular. Understand the risks children may need to deal with: What they might see or do: Seeing or sharing of violent, sexual and pornographic content Inaccurate or false information and extreme views Promotion of harmful behaviours including self-harm, anorexia and suicide Over-sharing of personal information Actively or unintentionally getting involved in bullying or hurtful behaviour Who they might meet: People who might bully, intimidate or frighten People posing behind fake profiles for: Mischief-making Sexual grooming and stalking Blackmail and extortion Identity theft and hacking How this could affect them: Fear of missing out leading to excessive use or exaggeration Getting upset by things they have seen and being uncertain about what to do Engaging, or being pressured into engaging in more risky behaviour either by accident or by design Developing unrealistic, and perhaps depressing ideals of body image and gender Becoming subject to peer pressure or interactions that are intense or too difficult to handle Creating an online reputation that may create problems for them in the future 2.

Ask them to show you which social media apps they use and what they like about them.


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People may not always be who they say they are online: Even if you think your messages are private, remember that words and images can always be captured and broadcast. People present themselves differently online - do they really look like that?

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