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OUT OF THE DARK EXPO

6/03/2017

​Get the facts on online safety

Do you know how to keep your children safe when they are using social media or playing an online game? If the answer is not really then this is the place to come. The Queensland Family & Child Commission’s Out of the Dark Expo will showcase products, tips, tricks and you can get hands on too. There will be something for everyone, prizes to be won and best of all it's free. Visit the Out of the Dark Expo on Saturday 11 March 2017 between 10am – 3pm at the State Library of Queensland, South Brisbane. For more information visit qfcc.qld.gov.au or find us on Facebook.

 

Did you know?

• Today’s children spend more time on the internet than they spend watching television

• 97% of households with children aged under 15 years have access to the internet

• 80% of parents are worried their child will be exposed to online pornography

• 78% are worried their child will be bullied online

• 68% are worried their child may become addicted to being online

Do you know:

• The risks that exist when children are gaming online or using social media?

• How to protect your children from these risks?

• Tips and tricks to stay safe online?

• The services and products which can help you?

If you answered No to any or all of these questions then come along to the Out of the Dark Expo on Saturday 11 March 2017 between 10am – 3pm at the State Library of Queensland, South Brisbane. This free event has something for all ages. Visit qfcc.qld.gov.au to find out more or find us on Facebook.

 

What’s the story on keeping your kids safe online?

Think about the amount of time you spent teaching your children how to cross the road safely. You told them about looking to the left and right, pedestrian crossings, “green & red men” and lollipop ladies.  You taught them not to talk to strangers. You knew they needed to learn how to stay safe. You held their hands and walked beside them when they were learning.

But we give them access to the digital world of gaming, the internet and social media with not a lot of hand holding. We ask children to cross a digital highway on their own and hope they make it to the other side in one piece without finding something or someone nasty on the way. They might think they know everything there is to know, certainly the technology doesn’t scare them, but they don’t know all the risks.

It’s important that as parents we learn as much as possible about this digital highway before we let our children loose in that world. We need to know how to navigate it, how to stay safe so we can teach our children.  The Queensland Family & Child Commission will help you do just that.

Visit the Out of the Dark Expo on Saturday 11 March 2017 between 10am – 3pm at the State Library of Queensland, South Brisbane. This free event has something for all ages. Learn tips and tricks. See a showcase of products and services. Take a hands on social media tutorial. Have your say and help develop new products. Visit qfcc.qld.gov.au to find out more or find us on Facebook.