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Dear Parents,

Kids help line is a fantastic interactive site that you and your child can use to help them with their emotions. They can use it anytime and anywhere to talk about anything. Please check it out as it’s an excellent resource.

It is important that we discuss Cyber safety issues with our children, please use the following as a guide for some of your conversations. Many of our children now have access to digital technology on a daily basis and it is up to us to help them navigate how to keep themselves and their peers safe. The following is taken from the Alannah and Madeline Foundation, Esmart Schools Site.

Teresa Higgins

Esmart Coordinator


Flicks and Pics

These days, sending and downloading images and videos is easy. The difficult part is if you can trust the person you're sending it to. Here's some stuff you need to know to help protect yourself.

Sharing images and video

Remember that it’s easy to forward photos and videos sent by text or email and posted online, so if you wouldn’t want a photo or video, or some information about you displayed at your school assembly, think twice before you post it online or text it to anyone.

As well as potentially damaging your reputation, you can actually be charged in court with making child pornography if you share nude or explicit photos of yourself.

To protect your own safety, it’s not a good idea to send a photo or video of yourself to someone you don’t know in real life.

Using cameras

Considering other people is a big part of using technology safely and respectfully. So it’s best not to take a picture of someone unless they know you’re doing it and agree to it.  That’s especially true if they are doing something that they might regret or be embarrassed by later, or might get them into trouble.

Other peoples images and videos

Webcams can help us stay in touch, but it’s important to think carefully and consider your safety before you accept a file or webcam feed from someone you do not know or trust in the real world.

Remember that web cam images can be faked – so even if you think you’ve seen someone you’re chatting to online, they might not be who you think they are.

If you see something online or get a text which scares or worries you, tell a trusted adult right away, and see if you can block the person who sent it to you.