Iâ€™ve always been a big advocate of kids of all ages (even the big kids out there like me!) having access to the â€œWide Wild Webâ€�. I love to watch how my Cyber kids interact, search, play, download, communicate, learn and socialise in this digital age â€“ and letâ€™s face it theyâ€™re naturals.Â
Our jobs as parents of these tech-savvy little creatures is to ensure they can do all of that in a safe environment just as we would in any scenario; be it after school activities, playgrounds, skate parks or even friendsâ€™ houses.Â But frankly with such busy family lives, how can we make sure weâ€™re providing the right framework for this particular environment?
Well firstly, I hope youâ€™ve been able to use some of my Cybermum tips and that these are working for your family.Â But hereâ€™s another little â€œpeace of mindâ€� tool that you might have missed!
In December last year Minister Stephen Conroy launched a new initiative, the Cybersafety Help Button targeted at school age kids, tweens and young adults.Â Itâ€™s a big red button that you can download FREE to your computer and have it just sitting on your desktop or on the task bar.Â Â So if your cyber child is faced with a situation that disturbs them, such as cyberbullying, unwanted texts or interactions, or even just a situation they are unsure of how to handle – advice is a â€œdouble clickâ€� away.
By clicking on the big red button, theyâ€™re taken to a site which asks them to choose from 4 prompts:Â
- If you are in danger call â€˜000â€� or tell an adult you trust
I really like the visibility that this provides for our kids – that while theyâ€™re exploring and learning they have an instant help button available because letâ€™s face it, we canâ€™t be watching their every keystroke! Itâ€™s great to know they have help at just a double click away.
Iâ€™d love to hear your thoughts or experiences if youâ€™ve already downloaded it for your home.