GET DOWN: Are you as in touch with your children as you think?
GET DOWN: Are you as in touch with your children as you think? Lee Constable

Do your kids use Yik Yak to make it through family time?

HAVE YOU ever been told by your children "you're not cool" or don't understand the things they are into at the moment?

Keeping up with today's tech savvy kids can be difficult.

Internet trends move fast and there is a new craze every week.

While sitting in front of the television making colourful wrist bands or "loombands" might not seem like your favourite thing to do on Friday evening, it might just give you a foot in the door.

Being in the loop with today's hip kids could not only help your relationship but it could minimise the risk of your children becoming victims, especially where the internet is concerned.

If Oovoo, Yik Yak, Omegle, Yo and Whisper are all completely foreign words to you, it may be time to do some surfing of your own.

Omegle describes itself as "a great way to meet new friends" by picking someone else at random and talking one-on-one. 

It's anonymous unless the user chooses to identify themselves, and as is the nature of the internet, there is no way of being sure if who you are talking to.

Anyone can use Omegle to connect with children by selecting interests shared by young people since Omegle helps pair would be conversationalists with like people.

Since it's hard to control how kids use the internet talking to your children is the best way to keep them safe.

The Queensland Police Service has developed a simple system for parents to teach kids how to "Surf Safely" with the 5R's;

Realise: Realise 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 while on-line. Close the program, tell your parents or a trusted friend.

Report: Report any suspicious or dangerous on-line contact to the police. 

(Source: Queensland Police)

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