Freelance writer, mum of two who loves living in sunny Perth.
Education is the key to understanding online dangers
There is a scary amount of coverage in the media about offences committed by kids in their new play environment; the cyber playground. I don't think a day goes by without a saddening tale of bullying, gaming or cyber addiction, sexting or of how social media has been used to by paedophiles to seek access to unsuspecting children and teenagers. Sadly many of the stories that make it to the media do not have a happy ending, and world over there is staggering evidence to suggest that cyber bullying is now a contributing factor to the increase in youth suicide.
In Australia alone, a country ranked worst in the world for social network bullying, a record 7 child suicides were committed in 2012-13, with the Australian Human Rights Commission citing bulling in Australia as 'endemic'. Over in the US, the Centre for Disease Control alarmingly reports suicide as the third leading cause of death amongst young people, resulting in about 4,400 deaths per year. Over 14 percent of high school students have considered suicide, and almost 7 percent have attempted it. Whilst these figures paint a bleak picture, and whilst the cyber playground remains largely unregulated, there is something in these stories that compels parents to become involved in the prevention of cyber bullying and to increase awareness and understanding of this new parenting landscape.
One organisation who are passionate about improving awareness of the risks out there, is Your Kids Online, a Perth based organisation which offers seminars for schools, in addition to parenting seminars to tackle this emergent issue.
In addition to their current calendar of seminars around schools in Australia, Your Kids Online also offer parent seminars. These 2.5 hour seminars are perfect for the parent who knows nothing about this online world, or for those parents who have a good ground knowledge, but want to learn more about protecting their kids.
These informative seminars will discuss the dangers associated with pornography, cyber bullying, social networking, social media, sexting other topical areas. A great aspect of this seminar will be the tools provided in terms of how to interact with your child and communicate about this subject. Time will also be spent on how to place boundaries and guidelines on their online behaviours, a safeguard to being a child online.
As Your Kids Online spend a significant amount of their time conducting seminars in schools, and working with children, you are able to benefit from first hand knowledge about current trends and observations on what is happening in today's world. You'll also have time after the seminar to speak to Robyn Rishani, one of Australia's leading cyber safety experts, the founder and creator of Your Kids Online.
How, When, Where
Dates have just been released for the latest round of Parent Seminars in Perth. Here are the details of seminars heading your way this Autumn.
16th April - 6.30pm at Perth Zoo
21st May - 6.30pm at Perth Zoo
Tickets are priced at $67 per person with discounts available for purchases of multiple tickets.
Seminars do book out quickly, so to secure your place, book onto a seminar click here
Your Kids Online are also available for private functions, and to talk at parenting groups. To discuss your specific needs, email Robyn at firstname.lastname@example.org. School seminars can also be booked and arranged directly.
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Your Kids Online have been educating children and parents all over Australia and have received great praise for the lessons and learning imparted. To find out what people are saying about the seminars click here. A recent Parent Seminar participant remarked, "This seminar should be compulsory for all parents! We have much more to learn." Peter Abetz - MP Southern River WA.