But with all of us online so often, how do we manage the risks? And how do we teach teens to be careful when most of their experiences online may have been harmless and fun?
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Before all the adults have a heart attack at this idea, we should stop and think about our own behaviour on social media and gaming sites. Many of us have chatted with strangers online, or even met friends or partners that way.
Maybe we were right about that — or maybe not. But there are still real dangers out there, and things may be getting worse. This raises the risk of things like grooming and sexually abusive behaviours. Share this.
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Get familiar with the social media or gaming sites your teens use, including how the chat and messaging functions work, and how to block or report disturbing content. Set reasonable limits about tech use that work for your family — for example, no devices after 9pm, or no devices in bedrooms.
Remember, you will have to practice what you preach!
Talk to your teens. Remind them to protect their private information — eg.
Help your teens watch out for the warning s, and make sure they know to tell a trusted adult if something seems wrong. Make sure they can name several other trusted adults they could talk to as well, such as a relative, sporting coach, neighbour, teacher, or Kids Helpline. Wherever you can, support your teens to build strong, caring, respectful friendships with other young people.
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Teens who are lonely and isolated can be at higher risk of being drawn into dangerous situations online. Check out these tips for helping teens and children make good friends.
Find out more. Think U Know has great information and activities for parents to help children stay safe online. And the eSafety Commissioner and Australian Federal Police explain how to report illegal or harmful content. Related articles.
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