As I am sure you will agree, cyber space is a vast and fast paced online world which business owners, parents, teachers and children the world over are struggling to keep up with.
Even as ‘techie’ as I am, I know my 4 year old and 7 year old seem to be wanting to ‘get online’ more and more lately and I’m not 100% confident when they do.
My 4 year old is obsessed with looking up her favorite music on YouTube (think Katie Perry and Rihanna) as well as working her way through some free and very cool educational tools I’ve recently found (which I’ll tell you more about in a future blog post).
My 7 year old is absolutely smitten with the power of the internet and online retail after today receiving a free, autographed, Melbourne Demonds Guernsey in the post after signing up on an AFL website. To him it’s as good as Father Christmas.
But with all that said and done, I am only too aware that there are risks involved with letting them get online.
And, as diligent as I am at maintaining my own computer in terms of virus and malware protection as well as other general updates, I haven’t yet got my head around how I should be changing the security settings so that the content rendered is suitably age appropriate for my two.
The recent discovery of the remains of Daniel Morcombe only further highlights the need to take an active interest in the safety of our children — and not just offline but online too!
I therefore cant wait to sit down and speak with three incredible panelists we have been fortunate enough to confirm for our next Web Wednesday event taking place on Wednesday 7 September on the Sunshine Coast (that’s just 10 days away!!)
At it I’ll ask (as usual) all the tough questions, but if you come along you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions too. 🙂
Whilst we’re well aware some initiatives on this topic have already been offered in schools, short of receiving a flyer in my son’s lunch box which was soiled with the remnants of his lunch that day, they haven’t been particularly helpful or impacting on me.
Instead this event should provide an ideal opportunity for Sunshine Coast based parents, teachers and business owners to come together and hear from three great panelists on topics very much related to cyber safety — cyber bullying, tips to be safe online and identity fraud/online crime. We’ll also be showing a short film on cyber bullying at the event which should be a real eye opener.
I hope you will join me and come along to find out how to protect yourself and your family and what to do if you ever do have an issue including who to report the issue to and other courses of action.
As the event is live-streamed via our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/thecreativecollective even if you are not located on the Sunshine Coast you can still jump on and participate – we hope you will.
Students are free, and we encourage them to attend with their parent to get important discussions and awareness going on this important topic. Others are just $35. Come to the Sunshine Coast TAFE, Lady Musgrave Drive, Mountain Creek on Wednesday 7 September – 5:30pm doors open for networking — the event officially starts at 6pm and will run until 8pm.
This is a great opportunity to connect with other parents and business owners also struggling to get their heads around things and share ideas!
If you have any questions please call Vanessa Webster on 07 545 11315 or email [email protected]