More vigilant monitoring of students’ social media habits encouraged

Keeping an eye on Social Media usage a good idea

Narara Public School is encouraging more vigilant monitoring of students’ social media habits and has shared the Information from the Privacy Commission of NSW’s tips for privacy awareness.

According to Principal Mr Dave Stitt, regardless of your child’s age, the world may already know a lot more about them than you suspect. “According to recent research: 92 per cent of children under the age of two have a digital presence (it starts with proud parents posting newborn baby photos on Facebook or Instagram); a quarter of Australian children aged between eight and 12 use Facebook, despite the minimum age for a user being 13; more than 20 per cent of tweens publish photos of themselves on the photo-sharing website Instagram; and, young people between the ages of 14 and 19 have an average of 453 fans, friends or followers on social media”, Mr Stitt said.

“Even if you don’t know a lot about social media yourself, you can help your child stay safe online simply by asking them about the social media accounts they are using, and regularly reminding them of the importance of keeping their personal information private,” he continued.

The Information and Privacy Commission NSW has created practical information for parents and children to support privacy awareness. It includes: security tips for parents and teens; resources to help prevent identity theft; information on cyberbullying; guides to protecting your digital reputation; and, information about mobile apps and the data they may collect. A parent’s guide to social media including Kik Messenger, Instagram, Vine and Facebook, can be found in the School’s A to Z of technology glossary.

Newsletter, Feb 29, 2016 Dave Stitt, Narara Public School

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