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Our focus for this Parent & Staff page
is to help with the following subjects;


Cybersafety, Bully Prevention, Sexting,
Online Safety including Grooming Precautions,
as well as Online Gaming and Chat Room Safety.


These resources are vital to help our Parents & Staff feel
better about talking to, and supporting their children with modern delemas.

This knowledge base gives our audience the tools, and empowers them
with information and awareness needed to guide our youth to a safer online experience,
and in society in general.


All of the resources available on this site are seperated by age level,
and are geared to engage the audience.

Being a Trusted Adult

A Parents Guide to SmartPhone Safety

 

OAG - Training Videos
Elementary & Mid-School Level

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High School Level

Grooming - Precautions for Parents & Staff

  • Talk to your Teen

It’s unlikely that you can stop your child using the internet, nor can you constantly monitor their online activities,
but you can talk to your child on a regular basis about what they do online. By talking openly with them about
online relationships, they can quickly ascertain the kind of behavior, which is appropriate or inappropriate.  Ask
them whether they have any online friends or if they play online games with people they haven’t met. This could
 then open up conversations about the subject of grooming.

  • Check Privacy settings

In order to give your child a safer online experience, it is important to check privacy settings or parental controls
on the networks, devices, apps, and websites they use. Disable location sharing if you can. If you use location-sharing
apps to check where your child is, remember that these could always be used by strangers to follow your child
without their knowledge. Ensure that you check options so that location information is never shared with anyone except
those they have permission to share with.

  • Monitor Social Media & Live-Streaming use

It’s important to be aware of what your child is sharing on social media and with whom. Create your own profile and
become “friends” with them or follow them so that you can monitor their activity. Similarly, always check on them if they
are live streaming and implement privacy controls. Choose a generic screen name and profile picture that hides their
identity. You may also feel more comfortable being present each time they live stream.

  • Stick to true friends

Make it clear to your child that they should not accept friend requests from people they don’t know and to verify friend
requests with people who they do know. Encourage them to only interact and engage with ‘true friends’ i.e. those friends
who don’t ask personal questions such as close family and friends. Remind them to never agree to chat privately with a
stranger or someone they don’t really know and to never divulge personal information, such as mobile phone numbers,
addresses, passwords or the name of their school.

  • Discuss Healthy Relationships

Talk to your child about what a healthy relationship looks like and how to detect someone who might not be who they claim
to be. Explain that groomers will pay your child compliments and engage in conversations about personal information, such
as hobbies and relationships. They may admire how well they play an online game or how they look in a photo. Groomers
will also try and isolate a child from people close to them, such as parents and friends, in order to make their relationship
feel special and unique.

  • Be Supportive

Show your child that you will support them and make sure they understand they can come to you with
any concerns they may have.  They need to know they can talk to you if someone does something they
are uncomfortable with, whether that is inappropriate comments, images, requests or sexual comments.

Child safety experts have identified key grooming patterns and advise parents to look out for:

•    Secretive online behavior.

•    Late night internet or smartphone usage.

•    Meeting new friends in unusual places.

•    Becoming clingy, develop sleeping or eating problems or even bedwetting.

•    Lack of interest in extra-curricular activities.

•    Having new items, such as clothes or phones, unexplainably.

•    Seem withdrawn, anxious, depressed or aggressive.

•    Having older boyfriends or girlfriends.

 

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SexTortion - What Parents should know

 

Talking to Teens about Sexting

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