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Free forum shares data to keep young people safe online

Vaseline 3 months ago

Redland City Council is hosting a free forum to provide parents, carers and educators with information on how to keep young people safe online.

The Tech Savvy Tech Safe Forum will be held at the Redland Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, May 15, 2024 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM.

Mayor Jos Mitchell said the implementation of the forum was in line with a number of actions taken in the Redlands Coast Youth Action Plan 2024-2027.

“Council is committed to working with external stakeholders to support our young people and ensure they have access to a safe environment, including while online,” Cr Mitchell said.

“There are a number of government and non-government agencies supporting young people, but keeping them safe online requires a whole-of-community approach, with parents, guardians and carers playing a primary role.

“In an increasingly digital world, many people are concerned about the wellbeing of their children when engaging in online environments and are seeking information and guidance on how to support them.”

The Council is delivering the forum in partnership with key child safety agencies including the Queensland Police Service, Australian Federal Police and its ThinkUKnow education program, Center Against Sexual Violence, Kids Helpline and Crimes Stoppers Queensland.

Topics include the risks of sharing content online, reporting suspected or confirmed inappropriate child-related material, consent, anonymous reporting and an overview of the Kids Helpline.

Guest speakers will share information about the resources and tools available to parents, provide advice on how to talk to young people about staying safe in online spaces, and where to go for help if needed.

Places on the forum are limited. Bookings are essential via the Redland Performing Arts Center website.

Prior to the forum, there will be information booths from each of the presenting organizations in the foyer of RPAC.

The forum covers confrontational and disturbing content that may be triggering for some people and is not suitable for people under the age of 15; advisors will be on site.