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Growing up online - what all kids need to know about cyberspace but what technology fails to teach them.

With the explosion of cyber technology, we are also seeing a dramatic rise in the negative impact of such technology. The issue of cyber bullying, harassment and ‘sexting’ is emerging as the number one issue confronting the safety and wellbeing of young people and the wider community. With the popularity of social networking sites such as, Facebook, Tumblr & Twitter, today’s youth have access to and are accessible by many millions of people worldwide.

Teens are often not aware that their words and or photos, which may have been intended for a small audience, sometimes find their way to a larger one, often with both  unexpected and undesirable consequences.

This age appropriate 90minute session will be delivered from the theme of Respect and Responsibility. It will cover:-

A focus on personal online safety

• Popular sites for youth – Fact V Fiction!(instant messaging such as KiK, social networking sites such as Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr & Twitter, virtual chat rooms and online games.) The good and the bad. How to minimise risks.

• Misuse of mobile telephones, digital devices,  blogs, webcam etc. including legal consequences and the possible criminal charges. (What is cyber bullying and harassment?)’ Sexting’ – sending and receiving explicit images and the REAL consequences such as serious criminal charges.

•Being a good digital citizen – rights and responsibilities.

• Legislation and criminal offending cyberbullying is a crime!

• Digital Reputation and its importance. How your online reputation may limit opportunities in the future.

•Where to go for advice and assistance - Time for discussion and questions.

****Please note that sessions can be tailored to suit your schools requirements in relation to content or as a result of a specific concern and are suitable for students from Year 3  – Year 12 *******

"No one can connect with students in the way Susan McLean can. She is the best and most respected  educator of young people on cybersafety in Australia if not the world"..........
Dr.  Michael Carr-Gregg - Adolescent Psychologist


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