PARENTS need to take responsibility for their children's online activity says Toowoomba District Crime Prevention Co-ordinator Scott McGrath.
Sergeant McGrath was the guest speaker at Telstra's Keeping Your Children Safe Online event on Monday night.
The special information evening gave an insight into what is happening in the digital world and gave parents a few tips on how they can protect their children online.
He said parents needed to take responsibility of what their children were exposed to on the Internet and to learn about it themselves.
"Don't be frightened of it (the internet)," he said.
"It certainly has a positive side to it with all the information available but it does have a negative side too, which is the bullying."
He urged parents to monitor their children's activity, especially if a wireless internet device was in the home.
"Make sure your computer is in a public place in the house," he said.
"Be mindful they can access the Internet on their mobile phones or computers in their rooms alone as well." Suggestions to help protect your child on the internet
- Having direct and open communication with your child, taking the time to sit down and discuss their internet use is the most important step to protecting them online.
- Be aware of the programs and files on your computer.
- Spend time exploring the internet with your children and let them teach you about their favourite web sites, including the social networking and instance messaging sites they use.
- Take them time to view your child's online profile and check for information that may be unsafe, including email addresses, information about their membership to particular websites, unacceptable photographs or any other information of concern.
- Keep the computer in a room the whole family accesses, not in your child's bedroom.
Remember the 5 R's
- Realize - Realize people you chat with may not be who they say they are.
- Refuse - Refuse requests for personal information and ensure your internet profile is private.
- Review - Review your contacts. It's not "kewl" to have contacts you don't know.
- Respond - Respond quickly if you ever feel uncomfortable online. Close the program, tell your parents or a trusted friend.
- Report - Report any suspicious or dangerous online contact to the police.
With quaint street appeal, this post war brick and tile 4 bedroom home was built to last. Featuring ornate 10 foot ceilings, a large kitchen full of character...
A great hideaway awaits your inspection of this low set rendered brick Gordon Bourke home on a large 4000m2 level block in a quiet street. As you drive around the...
11.2 acres with a four bedroom home located on the edge of the Cambooya township with the massive advantage of town water and the convenience of only being 20 ...
Set in a complex of 2 and being built on a corner block allows separate access and privacy. Quality finish with 3 bedrooms plus office combined living area and...
Building on this block is a great alternative to unit living. Build to your needs without the hassle of yard or Body Corp. Facing North with views to Mt Lofty and...
This brand new master built home is ready for you to move in and enjoy. Featuring 4 large bedrooms, main with ensuite, study, open plan kitchen and spacious...
Every so often in real estate, you come across a property that offers more than bedrooms and a view. This stunning contemporary home is set apart by its lifestyle...
With soaring land prices these established homes represent excellent value compared to replacement cost of a new home .Price and position are evident in this 4...
Positioned at the rear of the complex, this unique stand-alone villa offers a low maintenance private lifestyle in a sought after convenient Rangeville location.
This is an opportunity not to be missed, 1012m2 of vacant land and zoned light industrial. Great Street frontage partially fenced and well maintained. Ideally...
Join the Community.
Get your local news, your way.
Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.