How to avoid cyber-bullying and keep your children safe online

With plenty of hot days forecast for the summer holidays, children will almost certainly venture inside for some respite.

But before they log onto the internet, take a moment to think how you can bully-proof your family computer and keep children safe from harm online.

  • Here are some helpful tips to bully-proof your brood:
  • Do not respond to messages when you are angry or hurt. This will often encourage bullies to continue or increase their harassment of you
  • Log out and stop messaging if you feel you are being harassed
  • Remember you have the option to block, delete and report anyone who is harassing you online or on your mobile
  • Find out how to report bullying and harassment on each of the different social networks you use
  • Keep a record of calls, messages, posts and emails that may be hurtful or harmful.
  • Remember to set up the privacy options on your social networking sites like Facebook in a way you are comfortable with. Children under the age of 13 are also prevented from using Facebook to ensure this rule is adhered to.If you need support:

    Kids Help Line 1800 55 1800 or visit kidshelp.com.au

    Lifeline 13 11 14 or visit lifeline.org.au