Youth urged to use internet safely
SITTING at a computer desk gives some internet users the faceless confidence to create new identities, but Warwick Police have urged caution for young users when trawling the World Wide Web.
A Warwick Police spokeswoman said social networking sites on the internet allowed people to connect with other users all over the world but there had been a dramatic increase in use of sites such as Facebook by children.
“Don’t put pictures up on Facebook that you wouldn’t want seen on a billboard on the side of the highway because it’s the same thing,” the spokeswoman said.
The spokeswoman said there was a plethora of information available to parents and young people to help guide them through the minefield that can be the internet.
“The Queensland Police Service website has resources by Taskforce ARGOS – the resource is ‘Who is Chatting to your Kids?” she said.
“There are some good tips there.”
The spokeswoman also warned kids about the notion of ‘sexting’ where people send sexually explicit photos via mobile phones or the internet, regardless of age.
“Young people are subsequently being charged with child pornography for sending explicit pictures,” she said.
For more information on safe internet play, visit a police website.
- Parents need to monitor their children’s internet usage
- Don’t put personal information on the internet – including your last name, age, location
- Don’t add people on social networking sites who you don’t know
- Don’t put identifying pictures of yourself on the internet – pictures of young people in a school uniform identify you at a particular place between particular hours
- Make sure internet security settings are enabled as privacy settings on social sites are not guaranteed