School talks up cyber safety
BUNDAMBA State School staff will host a cyber safety information event targeted at parents tonight.
The school has organised the session, which is open to the public, in response to reports of bullying via social media and accidental accessing of inappropriate content.
Deputy principal Andrew Carter said keeping children safe online was a team effort.
"Cyber safety is a huge focus in our school," Mr Carter said.
"There are so many risks to children online.
"Sometimes parents don't know what's going on, and other times they might not want to know.
"Cyber bullying is fairly widespread and even from a young age students are using Facebook," Mr Carter said.
Facebook requires users to be aged 13 or older, but Mr Carter said many primary school students simply lied about their age to register for the site.
Mr Carter said the cyber safety evening was aimed at providing key tips and a basic understanding of online issues to parents.
"This information night will help parents to understand Facebook and other online sites, and will also teach them how to set controls to keep their children safe from inappropriate content," he said.
Mr Carter said parents would learn how to keep their children safe from bullying, online predation and exposure to adult content.
"We'll have a guest speaker from the Australian Media and Communications Authority who will be able to explain everything parents need to know about safe use of the internet," Mr Carter said.
Parents of primary school aged children are invited to the cyber safety information session at Bundamba State School.
The event will begin at 5.30pm in the school's curriculum hub, and attendees can enjoy a supper.
Alternatively, parents can visit the ACMA Cybersmart site at cybersmart.gov.au to find out more.
The site's parents section has video and text cyber safety guides.