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Staying safe

The internet offers an exciting world of experiences for children and the whole family. It can be entertaining, educational and rewarding. However, using the internet also involves risks and challenges.   

For many parents, this will be the first time their child has access to an Internet capable device.  You play a vital role in ensuring your child has safe and positive experiences online.

The following simple tips can protect your child at home: 

  1. Create your own guidelines for use of technology at home.  One of the simplest ways of keeping your child safe is by allowing internet use in shared spaces at home and restricting use in areas without adult supervision (e.g bedrooms).  

  2. Make your home internet safe:  Set up child friendly internet searching through your Router or Internet Service Provider to block inappropriate content.

  3. Engage with your child's use of technology. Show interest in how your child uses technology and talk to them about any safety concerns.

  4. Ensuring that your child is not using Social Media sites such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Messenger, SnapChat (these sites have minimum age restrictions).

It is also possible to add management settings to your child's iPad, although this is usually not required if the tips above are followed.


Students at North Melbourne Primary School investigate ways they can be safe and responsible users of technology.  They learn about potential risks online, how to respond appropriately and how being online can create a digital footprint.  

Students examine agreements that are in place at school and the importance of them. Students in grades 3-6 are asked to talk to their parents about their technology usage at home and create a responsible technology agreement for home. 

It is essential that today's parents keep up to date with their child's use of technology.  To help with this, please visit: 

Apps that kids like to use... This site is incredibly useful for many apps e.g - How old do you need to be have an Instagram account? What are the risks? How do you make your account private or delete public photos?

Growing up online - the Parent's Guide

Guide for parents - written by a parent

Bully Stoppers - A website created by the department of education.






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