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16th March 2012 Thank you to everyone who participated in the Parent media & technology surveys whilst attending a laptop roll out &/or information session. There was an over whelming response from participants requesting more education in how to set up privacy settings on social networking sites.

Some helpful websites…
‘Easy Guide to Socialising Online’ created by the Australian Government provides information on how internet users can protect themselves and their information when using social networking sites, search engines and online games. http://www.dbcde.gov.au/easyguide

Social Networking sites (examples):

Search Engines:

Online Games(examples):

Reviews and Advice:
Designed to teach parents how to help their teens strengthen their privacy and safety on Facebook, the guide features important topics such as:
–How to parent Facebook users    –Managing reputation in the digital age?–Actual risks in social media           –Managing your privacy on Facebook?–Reporting problems                       –And more!
Social Networking and Virtual Worlds http://www.commonsensemedia.org/advice-for-parents/social-networking-and-virtual-worlds

Parents Guide to Online Safety http://www.cybersmart.gov.au/Parents/Guide%20to%20online%20safety/Guide%20to%20online%20safety.aspx

We encourage all within our school community to share any cyber knowledge, tips & suggestions with us.
Email us at cybersafety@galen.vic.edu.au. You could make a positive difference in another family’s life.