Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Parents Equip Kids with Mobiles

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Parents Equip Kids with Mobiles

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Byline: Anthea Gleeson anthea.gleeson@thechronicle.com.au

ALONGSIDE their lunchboxes and books, more than 70 per cent of school children began the new year with a new mobile phone and laptop in their school bag.

New research has found that Queensland parents have spent up big on school technology this year, with 73 per cent of parents believing their high school-aged child should have their own mobile.

One in five parents gave their primary school-aged children a mobile phone.

However, a quarter of surveyed parents hadn't spoken to their children about mobile phone safety issues such as privacy, PINs and passwords.

Almost one in five parents admitted that they haven't spoken to their kids recently about how to protect themselves from approaches from cyberstrangers, while a third say they haven't spoken to their kids recently about how to respond to cyberbullies.

Concordia College principal Mark Butlin said schools had a role to educate not just students, but also parents about safe and appropriate online conduct. …

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