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We are urging Australians to take the necessary steps to protect children online.
According to Dr Katrina Lines from Act for Kids, it is a new age of parenting. “Easy access to age-inappropriate content is a major factor in influencing young minds. So, education is crucial! It’s time we start a conversation about the material our kids might be accessing, or that someone else might be showing them.”
The internet can be accessed from almost anywhere, so protecting kids is everyone’s business. Games, apps, social networking, and texting are increasingly popular among children and adults alike.
It can be challenging to supervise a child’s exposure to inappropriate content online but it’s vital that we model appropriate behaviour and communicate the importance of online safety to help keep kids safe.
Our research reveals three quarters of Australians believe online content is the biggest cause of inappropriate sexual behaviours, yet two-thirds of parents fail to secure their devices and one in two allow their children unsupervised access online.
1. Secure household devices by setting passcodes and restrictions on all devices (smart fridges, gaming consoles and Google Home!)
2. Supervise children online and monitor the material they are accessing
3. Sit Down and have an open conversation with your child about the material they may see online
The Office of the eSafety Commissioner is committed to empowering all Australians to have safer, more positive experiences online.
Let’s help kids deal with the big issues in online safety, such as cyberbullying, online pornography, sending nudes and sexting, time online, gaming and unwanted contact.
The highly trained therapists in Act for Kids Sexual Abuse Counselling programs have identified a need for a resource for adults to use to talk to young people about sex and sexually explicit material they might see online. Our aim is to support young people and the protective adults in their lives to have constructive conversations about consensual relationships, sexuality and to unpack the difference between fantasy and reality when it comes to human sexuality.
The booklet is to help you have conversations with young people about sex and sexually explicit online material.Learn more