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CYBERBULLYING IS THE NUMBER ONE CONCERN FOR AUSTRALIAN PARENTS WITH 74% OF PARENTS WORRIED THAT THEIR CHILDREN WILL EXPERIENCE ONLINE BULLYING.
On the lead-up to the school holidays, asked the experts how to protect our kids online…


Norton’s Digital Wellness research has revealed that Aussie fathers are most concerned about the social impact of cutting their children off from technology after school (64% of fathers vs. 56% of mothers) but are also more confident in their technical capabilities when it comes to setting controls in place to restrict their children on the internet (80% fathers vs. 72% mothers).

“The experts agree it’s best to ensure your kids are equipped with the knowledge and skills to combat cyber threats.”

Mark Gorrie, Territory Manager and Cyber Security Expert, Norton by Symantec, shares his five tips for parents to do just that and help protect their children against cyberbullying:

1. Have open conversations around cyberbullying and cyber security: Encouraging an open dialogue about what constitutes safe and unsafe online behaviour is critical for parents to understand what is happening in their children’s digital lives. Defining what cyberbullying is and giving examples of how to identify unsafe behaviour is a great place to start. It is important to reiterate that your children should always feel comfortable to vocalise any worries they have about cyberbullying to you, no matter if it concerns themselves or another person.

2. Teach your child not to reply to unknown senders or callers: It’s important for children to understand the risks of talking to strangers, online and offline. Helping children understand the value of personal information is important to ensure they don’t give it away unwittingly. Details such as where they go to school, where they live, or their age, should not be shared to protect your children’s privacy and identity.

3. Set online safety rules according to the ages of your children: In establishing rules and guidance for how to approach online interactions, consider the age and maturity of your children. Whatever rules you set should be discussed collaboratively with the children as individuals to encourage respect for parameters they assisted in setting.

4. Be a good online citizen: Teach your children to practice good online etiquette and to understand the importance of quality screen time. For example, instead of engaging in online chat rooms, encourage your children to play an educational online game. By spending time with your child online, you will be able to advise where they can reduce negative screen time and replace it with something more constructive.

5. Take an active role to protect your child’s online use: Use an online security tool with parental controls to help monitor screen time and block unsafe sites and games that may put your child at risk. Norton Family parental control software helps protect your children from online predators by showing you what they are doing online and identifying potential dangers before they become problems.

FOR MORE DETAILS, visit, family.norton.com

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