A 30min weekly podcast hosted by Leonie Smith "The Cyber Safety Lady" in conversation with parents, students, children, cyber safety experts, family councillors, child protection experts, wellbeing coaches, psychologists and more about maintaining a healthy and safe environment around digital technology in families.
In todays podcast I chat with co-creaters of "Our Kids Online" Porn, Predators & How To Keep Them Safe The Documentary Rob Cope and Zareen Sheikh-Cope. Parents of four children between them, aged nine to fifteen they went looking for ways to keep their children safer online, and stumbled across some shocking discoveries, in particular, around children's exposure to online pornography and predators.
This video is one of the best examples of trying to help us understand the effects of porn on young minds. It's relatable and gives actual resources and help to parents.
"While researching the pros and cons of handheld devices of our kids, and how to keep them safe online, we stumbled upon the biggest un-had conversation of our time." - Zareen Sheikh-Cope
We talk about their personal journey from ordinary parents with a basic understanding of the online world, who during their research and journey through this documentary find out how easy it is for children to access porn at home on devices, and what the devastating effects of early exposure to porn can be. You can watch the full documentary here https://vimeo.com/ondemand/ourkidsonline Find out more about "Our Kids Online" Here: https://www.ourkidsonline.info/
In this podcast Dr Danielle Einstein, explains how the recent pandemic has impacted our children's mental health. We also talk about how the use of screens has effected young peoples social skills and learning in schools. Danielle explains how the design of devices gives us rewards that increase our reliance and can lead to possible addiction to screens. Danielle also advises what parents can do to help families get back on board with together time, off screen and back to having fun as a family.
Dr Danielle Einstein is a Clinical Psychologist specialising in the treatment and prevention of anxiety, depression and OCD. Danielle was Head of the Anxiety Clinic at Westmead Hospital from 1996 to 2002, and has run her own private practice since 2003. She has edited a text book on CBT, taught ACT to masters students at Macquarie University, and worked as a postdoctoral fellow. https://www.danielleeinstein.com
Danielle leads research with schools across Australia to evaluate the impact of the programs on wellbeing. The latest program is being run in Australia, Hong Kong and the UK to educate the community on the psychological factors which undermine mental health in the wake of COVID 19. One student at the Kings school has commented on how useful these learning’s are and how he uses the tools within the program to stop worrying and calm himself both during the school day and at night when he goes to sleep.
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My guest today is Nan Bosler. Nan Bosler AM is an Australian community activist and advocate for young people, the elderly and people with disabilities. She is an author and most notable internationally, for her involvement with computer clubs and digital skills for older people. Along with many other awards she has received over the years, in 2019 Nan was awarded an (AM) of the Order of Australia for significant service to seniors and to the community.
In 1997 Nan founded the Australia Seniors Computer Clubs Association (ASCCA). She has represented ASCCA nationally and internationally and has been a member of the Cyber Security Awareness Week Committee, Broadband for Seniors Kiosk Consortium, Ambassador for Seniors Week (2013-2015), a member of the New South Wales Carers Advisory Council (2010-2014) and a National Cyber Security Awareness Ambassador, 2013. https://www.ascca.org.au
On todays podcast Nan and I chat about how seniors are doing online? During this pandemic, what are the clear disadvantages and advantages that our seniors are experiencing online and how are they coping with shopping, banking, communication and keeping in touch while they are apart from loved ones.
Liz Walker is an sexuality educator, speaker and author.
Liz provides schools and community education as Managing Director of Youth Wellbeing Project, facilitates parent education in her role as Director of Health Education at Culture Reframed, and has also collaborated with progressing Age Verification to protect children from porn in Australia.
In this podcast we talk about why restricting children's access to pornography via age verification gateways hasn't happened yet. Liz explains about the harm that explicit and often violent pornography is having on young people. We also discuss how parents can help their children deal with pornography, which they will eventually see sooner rather than later. And importantly what steps can parents take when they discover their child has had access to porn. This is a very important conversation and that helps parents understand how to prepare their families for exposure to porn. https://www.youthwellbeingproject.com.au https://www.culturereframed.org/ https://iqprograms.com/
Today I chat with Rosie Thomas from Project Rockit about bullying, especially cyber bullying amongst young people, why it is happening and we can do to try and prevent it and help mitigate the behaviour. Also, what are the key steps parents need to take if they find out their child is displaying bullying type behaviour, or if their child is being bullied? How do you help your child navigate tricky relationships or negative behaviour towards them so that they build a great set of skills and resilience to all life may throw at them.
New Digital Families Podcast with Jacqui Loustau from Cynch Small Business Security. We chat about what families need to put in place to ensure that if you are running a business from home, or working remotely, your family and your buisness will be secure online. Are you noticing more spam in your inbox? Are you aware of the latest scams to either disable your computer or steal money from your company. I put Jacqui from Cynch through a set of questions that I often hear from folks working from home at the moment. No question to dumb!!! Do you have the right equipment like your router/modem computer antivirus right now to stay secure? Should your phone have antivirus software? What happens if you do get targeted? Where to go for help? And more. Share with other remote family members! https://cynch.com.au/ and for remote workers http://www.cynch.com.au/remote
Guests of the podcast today are Collette Smart psychologist, qualified teacher, speaker and internationally published author, Tricia Munn a Cyber Safety expert from Eyes Open Social Media Safety, Jenny Hoey “mum of 3 and Parent Awareness Advocate at Porn Resilient Kids, an initiative of Youth Wellbeing Project” and Caitlin Lamour ICT Integrator at St Catherines School and Caitlin Lamour ICT Integrator Twitter @caitlinlamour at St Catherines School Sydney.
Todays podcast we talk about the increase of Cyber Bullying and children being exposed to dangerous media like porn during Covid19. The office of the eSafety commissioner has reported a steep increase in reports of cyber bullying, extortion and image based abuse since lockdown. “The number of people reporting behaviour such as cyberbullying, image-based abuse and sex-based extortion has more than tripled since coronavirus restrictions took effect, according to the eSafety Commissioner, Julie Inman Grant.”
We also discuss the future of technology and schools after Covid19 What influences might the lock down have on technology in education? What worked what didn’t and will parents find it difficult to pull back from being involved in their child’s learning in order to allow schools to do their jobs? How are HSC students coping with this new way of learning and a more uncertain future?
My guest today is Martine Oglethorpe from "The Modern Parent". Martine is a mother to five boys with a background in secondary education and a Masters in Counselling. Through her personal and professional work with families raising children, she recognises the important role technology plays in the lives of young people today and thus the role we can play in not only their safety but their social and emotional wellbeing.
In todays podcast Martine and I talked about what parents can do when they feel overwhelmed by screen time and tech in their home. If you have a child that throws a wobbly every time you try to get them to do something else other than using a screen, Martine has some very helpful tips. Martine and I also talk about how to develop positive relationships with the screens in your home, particularly during this intense time.
Martine also is an Author of several books, her latest is titled "The Modern Parent" Found here for sale in hard copy or eBook https://themodernparent.net/the-modern-parent-book/
Find out more about Martine Here www.themodernparent.net
In todays Vodcast/podcast Tricia Munn from "Eyes Open Social Media Safety" and I chat about how to keep your children safe from online predators, how "sharenting" where parents share news and photos about their children online can be done with more consideration to safety. Why is it that social media safety advocates keep banging on about protecting your child's personal information and even photos online? We talk about why learning about the privacy settings on platforms are so important, and what can happen if you don't set those settings to most secure. Live streaming is the BIG issue of the moment according to Trish, and we talk about how you as a parent can be more aware of what your child is doing online, especially now with Covid19 and the difficulties with us all being online more often.
Find out more about Tricia and Eyes Open Social Media Safety Here! www.eyesopensocialmediasafety.com.au
Kim Maslin is a passionate educator and author currently living in Esperance, Western Australia. Her background is in ICT, and has taught learners aged 5 to 85-year-olds how to use digital technologies. She has worked as a specialist Science & Technologies teacher. Kim also runs her own Digital Technologies Education Business, providing digital marketing workshops and consultancy, plus graphic and web design services.
In this Vod/Podcast I talk to Kim about how this pandemic is effecting teachers and learning remotely. Kim discusses the sorts of issues she is seeing in schools as they learn how to use new technology to teach students, in ways that they never envisioned they would have to learn. We discuss how important it is for parents to also understand the difficulties from educational staff.
Kayelene Kerr from WA Child Safety Services, draws on over 23 years’ experience of study and law enforcement investigating sexual crimes, including technology facilitated crimes, to deliver quality, sought after education programs. Kayelene is recognised as one of Western Australia’s most experienced specialist providers of Cyber Safety, Digital Wellness and Pornography education workshops.
In this Podcast Kayelene Kerr and I chat about how parents can identify when their child might be upset about something online, how to help your child open up about anything that bothers them online. We chat about how children might learn about balancing their time on screens, and how they might filter what they see online to protect their mental health during this pandemic, where they are possibly exposed to some very frightening imagery. We also talk about how parents can be part of their Childs online world in fun ways! Some great tips and advice here from Kaylene.
WA Child Safety Services have some great resources on their website www.wachildsafetyservices.com and some helpful free content to share with your family on their YouTube Channel. Here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiDd8_wBJcb_eprUeZ9Tbvw
Jordan Forster is a Clinical Psychologist from Perth Australia and the founder of ySafe, a now nationally-adopted household name in the field of cyber safety. Jordan has extensive clinical expertise in working with children and adolescents managing problematic technology use, including cyber bullying, image-based abuse and compulsive gaming. During this chat we talk about what parents can do to create a safe place for children to report anything that they might find upsetting or challenging online. We talk about how to decide on safe apps for kids and much more and what to do if if your child does see something awful online!
Holly ann Martin along with her husband Roger run The Safe4Kids Child Abuse Prevention Education Program. For this podcast/vodcast I chat to Holly ann, about ways parents can talk to their children about the icky subjects like strangers, seeing upsetting content like pornography online and body protection. We also talk about the signs to teach our children to look out for, for "tricky" strangers online.
Holly takes us through some great easy ways for children to build a safe network around themselves and demonstrates how she teaches children to use find a trusted support group to help them when they need it wherever they are. She also talks about how to encourage children to come to us when they are afraid of something, or have made a mistake and they need us. Safe disclosure.
You can find out more about Holly ann at www.safe4kids.com.au She has a lot of resources for parents and schools on her website including picture books that parents can use to help teach their children about safety using appropriate language and messages. Find her bookshop here https://safe4kids.com.au/product/safe4kids-book-bundle/
In this episode Michelle Mitchell and I chat about wellbeing in the era of Corona virus. Teens and Tweens are being exposed to scary content online, parents new responsibilities in the home with caring for children, particularly with home distance learning and soon with holidays and bored kids stuck inside. Michelle gives some great tips on connecting with your children and helping them with their fears, and also for parents also looking after themselves during this stressful time. Find out more about Michelle Mitchell Here. www.michellemitchell.org "They aren’t just any tween or teen. They are yours. And that makes them the most important child in the world".
Collett Smart is a family Psychologist, a teacher/lecturer and Author of They’ll Be Okay’ 15 Conversations to Help Your Child Through troubled Times (Hachette) https://collettsmart.com
Collett and Leonie discuss the issues around home schooling and technology in the age of COVIT-19. Distance learning and the traps for families using tech more now than ever. After coming straight from a lecture, Collett also talks about how Universities are also handling distance learning with all the new challenges. We also discuss the digital divide with different families both rural and city families struggles to able to access distance learning and support with the devices and services available.