Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

a[euro][approximately]Invincible' Kids Take Cyber Risks

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

a[euro][approximately]Invincible' Kids Take Cyber Risks

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Byline: Mel McMillan mel.mcmillan@mydailynews.com.au

Keep kids safe

Kids should only interact online with people they actually know

Keep the lines of communication open and talk about the risks online

THE best way for children to stay safe on social media was to be selective about who they interacted with, says Byron Youth Service senior youth worker Deborah Pearse.

Tweed police this week worked with authorities abroad to charge a New Zeal- and-based man aged in his 20s after he was caught grooming Far North Coast teenaged girls via Facebook.

The man had set up a false Facebook account and had "friended" 300 girls using a fake name and fake photos.

The veteran youth worker said she was not surprised by the arrest because young people did not see the dangers associated with social media.

She believes social media is a space young people feel in control. This combined with a youthful sense of invincibility creates a hazardous mix. …

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