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Protecting online privacy

Teaching your children online privacy is more important now than ever before even if you restrict your child’s access to the internet. Children are exposed to the hidden dangers of the internet through school, friends, at afterschool activities, and potentially through your own social media accounts. We recommend having an online privacy conversation with your children regularly once they start primary school.

Open up communication with your child:

  • inform them to never reveal their name, address, or school name to online strangers
  • take care when posting school photos online – do they show the school’s name or logo?
  • advise them to let you know if a stranger attempts to contact them
  • discuss body privacy and advise them to tell you immediately if they’re ever asked to take photos of their body
  • let them know you’re there to support them if someone online makes them feel uncomfortable or asks them to do something that they don’t want to do
  • keep communication open and teach children to block unwanted strangers rather than removing their devices

Never assume your child is safe because they’re not on social media
Most primary school and high school children have accessed social media, even if it’s at a friend’s house. Recovering an account that they made with their friends can be tricky. It’s easier to monitor a child’s account attached to your parent account on platforms such as Facebook messenger and TikTok. Here are steps to set up family pairing on TikTok

For more on safety, check out eSafety’s big issues here.

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