Patricia Lilly fears for childrens safety with access to Facebook for young children now more available. Photo Trish Bowman / Capricorn Coast Mirror
Patricia Lilly fears for childrens safety with access to Facebook for young children now more available. Photo Trish Bowman / Capricorn Coast Mirror Trish Bowman

Online safety critical says Yeppoon resident Patricia Lilly

FACEBOOK privacy concerns for her family and other young children have promoted Yeppoon resident Patricia Lilly to make a stand.

Patricia said she just wanted to know her beloved family members were safe.

"One of my young relatives, along with many other under-age teens, posts all his personal details and troubles onto his Facebook page and, sadly, many responses are just plain disgusting," Patricia said."Many parents might say 'no my child doesn't do that'.

"Well, I will pose the question, just how long has it been since you got on to your child's Facebook page and had a good read?"I monitor my young family members' Facebook regularly and some of those pages horrify me."

Patricia said the foul language and inappropriate posts were rampant and the only solution was constant monitoring and or exclusion.

"One family member has had a Facebook page since he was 12 and I have observed that many of the children put their ages up and include information such as jobs to impress others and feel accepted by the masses," she said.

"I have even tried to close one family members' page down, but that proved impossible without having his password.

"My sister has tried removing internet access to her children but that does no good as they just go and use their friends' access via phones and computers.

"Facebook owners allow underage kids to set up pages because they make millions of dollars in advertising on those pages but they do not seem to care about the harm they expose our children to," she said.

"Bullying is one of the huge factors that worries me, along with paedophiles and other people with poor intentions.

"This is yet another good reason to monitor what your children are posting and being exposed to.

"How many children have to commit suicide, due to cyber bullying, before something is done to protect our children?"

Patricia is appealing to all parents to monitor their children's Facebook pages for their safety and protection.

 

Tips for Parents

  • It can be tough to keep up with technology.
  • Don't be afraid to ask your kids to explain it to you.
  • If you're not already on Facebook, consider joining.
  • That way you'll understand what it's all about! Create a Facebook group for your family so you will have a private space to share photos and keep in touch.
  • Teach your teens the online safety basics so they can keep their Facebook timeline (and other online accounts) private and safe.
  • Talk about technology safety just like you talk about safety while driving and playing sports.
  • Ensure your teen controls the information put on line.
  • Use strict privacy settingsDon't post your location.
  • Set rules about what is appropriate to post.Start a Conversation with Your TeenDo you feel like you can tell me if you ever have a problem at school or online? Help me understand why Facebook is important to you.
  • Can you help me set up a Facebook timeline? Who are your friends on Facebook? I want to be your friend on Facebook.
  • Would that be OK with you? What would make it OK?


TALK TEEN SAFETY

Do you feel like you can tell me if you ever have a problem at school or online? Help me understand why Facebook is important to you.

Can you help me set up a Facebook timeline? Who are your friends on Facebook? I want to be your friend on Facebook.

Would that be okay with you? What would make it okay?



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