The ACMA released a new parent support site called Chatterbox on Safer Internet Day (Tuesday, 11February). Chatterbox is designed to simplify the digital world in which our students exist, so that parents can more readily deal with any issues raised by their youngsters.
‘New research released by CyberSmart has found that 78% of children and young people would turn to their parents first as a source of online safety information. Chatterbox is an online discussion forum for parents that will equip them to approach online safety issues with confidence and increase their understanding of children’s online experiences. It is like a conversation parents may have around the dinner table with friends about online safety issues.
Chatterbox episodes will be released regularly throughout 2014. Each episode begins with a short introductory video to familiarise parents with the topic, followed by the Chatterbox audio episode, each of which runs for approximately 10 minutes. Parents are then encouraged to submit questions, share stories and advice with each other in our virtual discussion forum.
The informal and interactive nature of Chatterbox will provide parents with a fresh and jargon-free perspective on CyberSafety issues. Chatterbox conversations can be downloaded and accessed at home or on a mobile device. Each chat episode provides parents with targeted steps to help minimise potential challenges and maximise the benefits of online use.’