Smartphones allow kids to stay in touch with parents and caregivers and are seen as indispensable by many teenagers.

Smartphones also provide kids with access to the internet so they can access emails, social media sites and online chatting.

Here are some tips for how kids and parents can safely manage mobile use:

 Kids

  • only share your personal details such as mobile phone number or usernames for social media with people you know and trust
  • don't share your device's PIN or passwords for social media accounts (not even with your friends)
  • don't give out personal information, such as your address, name of your school, your current location or holiday plans online
  • limit  your friend list on social media - only connect online with people you actually know in real life - and set your profile to private
  • always stop and think before you post a picture or message online - if it would hurt or upset someone else - don't post it
  • don't use video apps such as Facetime or Skype with anyone you don't know
  • if you have been bullied online by hurtful text messages, social media posts or photos, tell an adult you trust, such as a parent or teacher, straight away. Remember, it is not your fault and you will need help to stop the bullying. You can read more about mobiles and bullying here
  • you can't always trust people you meet online as sometimes people may be pretending to be someone else. If someone online asks to meet you offline, tell a responsible adult, such as a parent or teacher straight away, so that they can help you decide whether it would be safe to meet. And always take a trusted adult with you and arrange such meetings to be in public places during the daytime to ensure your safety.
  •  if you have been upset by something you've seen online or been bullied online or on your mobile, you may want to access web counselling for kids from the Kids Helpline here or call the Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800

Parents

  • if your child has experienced problems with bullying or offensive content online, you may want to access web counselling for kids from the Kids Helpline here or call the Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800

 

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