Net Safety - Our Priority

 

My Sport Book was designed as a communications channel and a secure social networking site for sporting communities. The internet is a wonderful technology which provides us with a unique set of online tools and applications so we can communicate with each other in a variety of different ways through a variety of different mediums. The Internet can also be a confusing and dangerous place. Without a safety net, many people can fall into the danger zones of pornography, predators, online scams, Internet viruses, and spyware. With such free access to the Internet around the world, many have abused it as an opportunity to take advantage of others. The following are some tips on how you can ensure a safe internet environment for yourself, your family and friends.

 

coat_of_arms NetAlert is part of the Australian Government's ongoing commitment to providing a safe online environment for all families, especially children.

 

Some Useful Resources & Links:

MySportBook is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

 

www.cybersmart.gov.au/

www.cybernetrix.com.au/

www.aifs.gov.au/nch/resources/internetsafety.html

www.acma.gov.au/WEB/LANDING/pc=INTERNET_MAIN

www.dbcde.gov.au/online_safety_and_security/cybersafety_plan

 

Tips for Safe Surfing

  • Never give any information out about yourself (or anyone else) over the Internet.
  • Never download any files on to your computer without a parent or adult's consent.
  • If anyone online says anything inappropriate to you, harasses you, or sends you unwanted e-mail, tell an adult immediately, and report it immediately. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Remember that on the Internet, people can pretend to be who they are not, and they may go to great lengths to sound convincing.
  • If you use chat rooms, use a different chat name (if possible) than your user name or e-mail address.
  • Remember, Internet friendships, relationships, and conversations can never be as true, personal, and rewarding as they are in person. If you really need to talk to someone, find a friend, family member, or adult you trust.
  • Be wary of ANYONE who wants to know personal information about you.
  • Remember that sometimes, when you are on the Internet, you may accidentally meet bad people or see things that are bad, but it's not your fault! If something you read or look at is upsetting, stop looking at it, and go tell an adult you trust or parent.

Tips for Parents

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  • Communicate with your child. Be involved in your child's activities, and know their friends, hobbies, and interests.
  • Take time to teach your children to use the Internet responsibly.
  • Make sure the computer is in a high traffic area.
  • Familiarise yourself with the computer, programs, and the methods that your child uses to communicate online.
  • When possible, use the Internet with your children.
  • Use Internet filters or blocking software, and parental controls.
  • Set time limits for Internet use.
  • Develop an 'online rules' agreement with your children, and have everyone sign it.
  • Make sure you know your children's logon passwords - and no one else does.
  • Know your children's friends and their parents. Find out what rules/safeguards other parents have at their homes where your child might be spending time online.
  • Know about the meanings of abbreviations and acronyms used in chatrooms and online chat room signs such as emoticons.
  • Children should not complete profiles for a service provider or enter any personal information on any form.
  • A child's screenname should be nondescript so as not to identify that the user is a child - no cute names, school names, or names with year of birth.
  • It is even safer for girls to use a gender-neutral or boy's name, since most predators are on the lookout for young girls.
  • Use child-friendly search engines.
  • Find out with whom children are exchanging e-mails, and only let them use chat areas when you can supervise.
  • Be aware of any other computers or Internet access available to your child.
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