The internet is an essential and beneficial part of a child’s world.
It can be important for education, socialising and entertainment.
The ability to use technology is a requirement in many professions and children and young people who have such skills will have many advantages.
However, children may also be exposed to online experiences which have a negative impact on their mental health and wellbeing.
For example, unwanted contact and cyberbullying, amongst other things, may result in harm and humiliation.
The eSafety Commissioner (Australia) and Netsafe (New Zealand) help young people and their families to have positive online experiences. They provide online safety tools, education and resources.
It is important to educate yourself and to talk to your children around online safety to give them the best online experience.
We all have a role to play in keeping kids and young people safe online.
For further information, visit:
www.netsafe.org.nz (New Zealand)