Taking Aim at Cyber Bullying; Seminars Will Help Parents Safeguard Their Children's Use of the Net

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Byline: Kathryn Greensill Kathryn.Greensill@capnews.com.au

If you go

Who: Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

Where: Rockhampton Leagues Club

When: Today 6.30pm

What: Action Against Bullying forum

CENTRAL Queensland children shouldn't have technology in their bedrooms, says bullying expert Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

This is just some of the advice Dr Carr-Gregg will offer parents at a series of seminars held in Rockhampton today and tomorrow.

The first seminar, to be held from 6.30 tonight, is for parents and will address the burgeoning problem of cyber bullying.

"Parents need to do four things," said Dr Carr-Gregg.

"One is to make sure you don't allow young children to have technology in their bedrooms. They also need to have an online family contract where there are rules around internet and mobile use."

He also suggested the use of a web filter such as freeware K9.

"Finally, parents need to shoulder surf and set time limits," said Dr Carr-Gregg.

The leading psychologist says bullying could have immense effects on children.

"They go from depression to anxiety, to low self-esteem, to eating disorders, to self-harm and occasionally even suicide," Dr Carr-Gregg said. …

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