Further to our post regarding TikTok the Department for Education posted the below on their Facebook page;
🚨 𝗔𝗱𝗱𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗿𝗲𝗰𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴𝘀 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗧𝗶𝗸 𝗧𝗼𝗸 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘀𝗼𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝗺𝗲𝗱𝗶𝗮. 🚨
A lot of warnings have been issued for children to stay off social media, specifically Tik Tok, due to a graphic self harm video that’s circulating.
While we do recommend that parents monitor their children or keep them off the platform, it’s a band-aid solution for a long-term issue due to the fact that distressing videos constantly circulate online.
Instead we would like to encourage all parents and guardians to 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗳𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗼𝘄𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗶𝗽𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗽 𝗸𝗲𝗲𝗽 𝗰𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗱𝗿𝗲𝗻 𝘀𝗮𝗳𝗲 𝗼𝗻𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗹𝗼𝗻𝗴-𝗵𝗮𝘂𝗹:
1️⃣ 𝗧𝗮𝗹𝗸 𝘁𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗰𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗱 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝘀𝗼𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝗺𝗲𝗱𝗶𝗮. Understand that they will most likely use it, whether you understand the appeal or not. Ask them what apps they use, find out why they like those apps. Start a dialogue so you can start understanding why it’s important to them. The more you understand about it, the more you can stay across it.
2️⃣ 𝗧𝗮𝗹𝗸 𝘁𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗰𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗱 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝘀𝗮𝗳𝗲𝘁𝘆 𝘀𝗲𝘁𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴𝘀. If you know what apps they’re using, help them make their profile as secure as possible, whether it’s TikTok, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitch or Reddit (the list is endless). You can do this with the help of this eSafety Commissioner guide: www.esafety.gov.au/key-issues/esafety-guide
3️⃣ 𝗘𝗻𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗿𝗮𝗴𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗰𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗮𝗹𝗸 𝘁𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗶𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘆 𝘀𝗲𝗲 𝘀𝗼𝗺𝗲𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗱𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗼𝗻𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗲. Be open and willing to listen. Make them aware of Kids Helpline Official (1800 55 1800), Beyond Blue (1300 22 4636), headspace (headspace.org.au) and Lifeline (13 11 14) so they know they have a place to contact if they don’t feel comfortable approaching you.
4️⃣ 𝗞𝗻𝗼𝘄 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘁𝗿𝗶𝗰𝗸𝘀. Kids often create a social media profile that they make visible to you, but keep their actual profile under a fake name hidden from you. Again, this is why we encourage you to talk to your child openly and honestly.
5️⃣ 𝗨𝘀𝗲 𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲𝘀. If your child watches YouTube videos, please be aware there’s no guarantee that this content will be safe for kids. People can easily edit distressing videos for kids that slip through the filters. If you can’t monitor your child on YouTube then let them watch Netflix kids instead as it has stronger filters. SBS and ABC iview are both free alternatives for children’s online content.
ℹ️ The Office of the eSafety Commissioner is a great resource for parents, guardians and kids: www.esafety.gov.au