Parenting and eSafety

Recently the eSafety Commissioner released their latest research report entitled Parenting in the Digital Age. The report highlights 5 concerns that parents of school aged children commonly have:

  • Contact with strangers/inappropriate invitations to meet offline
  • Accessing/being exposed to other content not appropriate for their age
  • Being bullied online
  • Accessing/being exposed to pornography
  • Accessing/being exposed to violent content

The report also highlights that many parents feel that they need more support and information about how to deal with these issues should they arise for their family.

The good news is that the eSafety Commissioner website already has comprehensive and easy to use parent help pages for:

Sometimes though, it helps to be able to have someone you can trust to talk to about your concerns. Parentline 1300 30 1300 is a free service where you can talk to a trained counsellor between 8am and 10pm, 7 days a week.

One thing the report makes clear is that as a community we want to guide and protect our children in the digital world. Hopefully, by accessing some of these resources we will be better prepared and fell more empowered.

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