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Internet safety tips, using mobile devices

Gladstone, it’s time to keep talking – about how kids and teens use mobile devices and social media.

Hi, welcome back! This is the second in a series of articles on this subject.

Last time we discussed the importance of keeping children safe online and laid the groundwork for open communication between parents. caregivers and children on how they use their mobile devices.

But why is it so important?

Well, it matters because kids are exposed to inappropriate content through their mobile devices. This is a significant issue identified by Gladstone Police and is today’s talking point.

Gladstone Police are aware that some children and teens use AirDrop to distribute explicit material, sometimes adult pornography, to others.

Although the reasoning provided for this may be that they thought it would be funny or was a joke (especially if the recipient was unaware of what was being sent), the implications are much more serious. Think about the type of content they could potentially be exposed to on the internet, and it should also be noted that children are getting mobile devices and entering the online world at a very young age.

One of the issues here is that children and young teens may be inadvertently exposed to inappropriate content or not knowing what they are looking for online, and thus the resulting harmful flow of locating explicit material and then sharing it.

AirDrop, for those unfamiliar with it, is a feature on Apple devices that allows users to transfer files to other AirDrop users who are within a certain proximity to them. The key point here is that a recipient must accept or decline to receive the file. There is a feature on Apple devices that can be set so that only contacts on the phone can receive files, this is a great security measure to have.

Explain to your child that they should not accept AirDrop files if they do not know who or what a photo or video is.

In addition, those found guilty of this behavior may be dealt with by the police under Section 210(1)(e) of the Criminal Code of Queensland Act 1899 – Indecent Treatment of Children Under 16 years old.

  1. Anyone who—

(e) without lawful reason, willfully exposes a child under the age of 16 to any indecent object or any indecent film, videotape, audio tape, picture, photograph or printed or written material

is guilty of a criminal act.

It’s important to stay engaged in a child’s online world and have conversations to make sure that, whatever the situation, they feel comfortable asking an adult for help. trust.

We recommend that parents visit the Online Safety Commissioner’s website, which contains valuable resources to help parents and guardians have much-needed conversations with the children in their lives about online safety.

These talking points should not alarm but rather raise awareness. Hope this is helpful to keep kids safe. There will be more articles to come, so keep an eye out!