Make smart connections
Teach your family not to arrange in-person meetings with people that they “meet” online, and not to share personal information with online strangers. Google’s tools make it easy for you and your family to interact online with the people that you know and avoid the ones you don’t. When your teens start using online communication tools like Hangouts, Google+ and Blogger, the first step is always to have a conversation about making smart choices and being a good digital citizen.
Advice from our partners
Meeting and corresponding with new people is an exciting aspect of the online world. Unfortunately, not everyone is honest about who they are and children can be particularly susceptible to trusting people online. The reality is that there are predators who pretend to be a young person in order to befriend and gain the trust of children and young people.
We need to teach our children that just as we learn to protect ourselves from strangers in the offline world, we need to do the same online. Children often feel that they know someone simply because they have talked to them online. However it is easy to pretend to be someone you are not and meeting someone you have met online is one of the most dangerous things that a young person can do.
Parents should ensure that if a child wants to meet with someone they have befriended online that the parent speaks to the other person’s parents first and accompanies them to a public place to meet.
The deliberate actions taken by an adult to form a trusting relationship with a child with the intent of later facilitating sexual contact is known as online grooming. This can take place in chat rooms, instant messaging, social networking sites and email. Once contact has been made, child sex offenders then move towards more traditional means of communication such as over the phone. It is important to educate young people on the ways in which to recognise inappropriate or suspicious behaviour online. They need to be careful who they communicate with and should never agree to meet in person someone that they have only met online. It needs to be reinforced that personal information should not be posted or shared over the Internet. Young people need to be aware of what messages they are sending about themselves which may appeal to online child sex offenders.
If you believe that someone has behaved inappropriately or in a sexual manner towards a young person, you should report it to the Australian Federal Police (AFP) via their online form. The ACMA doesn’t investigate complaints of this nature, though, of course, would refer them on. More information can be found on the Cybersmart site and on the AFP site.
If you believe a child is in immediate danger or risk, call 000 or contact your local police.
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