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National Scams Awareness Week 2018

 

Australia’s National Scams Awareness Week runs from 21 – 25 May 2018. The Australian government is urging Australians to be on the lookout for threat-based impersonation scams by taking a moment to ask ‘is this for real?’

Sometimes scams are obvious, sometimes they’re harder to spot.

If you received a call out of the blue from someone saying you had a tax debt that you had to pay immediately or you’d be arrested – what would you think? If Telstra called you and said there were internet problems in your area and they needed remote access to your computer to help you, otherwise they would disconnect your service -what would you do?

These are good examples of threat-based impersonation scams. In 2017 the ACCC’s Scamwatch received almost 33,000 reports of scams like these.

Typically scammers pretend to be from a government agency or a wellknown, trusted business. They often use threats to pressure or scare you into giving them your personal information and your money. They also may threaten you with fines, disconnecting your internet, arrest, court action or even deportation.

The scammers work hard to make sure their threats seem genuine and frightening! They make you feel as

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Cyber Safety advice from an expert

On the 13th March our school hosted Cyber safety expert Brett Lee from Internet Safe Education. He spoke to our Year 3 to 6 students during the day, then to our staff and parents after school. Brett is an engaging and informative speaker and provided our students, staff and parents with some valuable insights in how to use and enjoy all that the Internet has to offer safely and how to guide our children in the safe use of the Internet.

The flyer below provides parents with 5 key messages and actions to assist them in managing technology in their home. It also has the link to the Internet Safe Education website which contains lots of resources and information on cyber safety.

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7 Ways parents can manage web connected devices at home

7 ways parents can manage web connected devices at home

 

This is an excellent, interactive infographic from the Office of the eSafety Commissioner that can help you better understand how your children are accessing the online world and, as parents, how you can manage their use and keep them as safe as possible.

Head over and click your way around the various sections to learn what you can do.

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iParent: Protecting your digital lifestyle

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The Australian government have been putting out some fantastic resources lately, dealing with cyber safety and online security.

Check out iParent, their new interactive guide teaching you how to be safe and secure with protected devices in your home.

This resource is not so much focused on protecting your children online, it’s more about protecting your bank accounts and personal details, and protecting your computers from the many virus-type infections and malicious software that can infect your online devices. Something that will be confusing to many of you.

iParent from the Office of the eSafety Commissioner.

 

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eSmartWomen

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eSafetyWomen is designed to empower Australian women to take control of their online experiences. This initiative of the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner forms part of the Australian Government’s Women’s Safety Package to Stop the Violence.

All Australians deserve to be safe online. However, one in four Australian women has experienced emotional abuse from a current or former partner, and one in six Australian women has experienced violence from a current or former partner.* In most cases this abuse and violence includes the use of technology to abuse, control and stalk.**

The eSafetyWomen resources aim to help women manage technology risks and abuse by giving women the tools they need to be confident when online.

Safe access to technology is crucial for women so they can stay connected to their family and friends, engage with the world, and get information and support. eSafetyWomen helps women stay connected safely.

Click on the picture to go to the website.

 

 

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Cyber Safety Parent Information Night

Want to know more about Cyber Safety and how to protect your family?

To help celebrate “Safer Internet Day” Greenvale Primary School invites you to an information night where you will:

  • Learn how we teach cyber safety to your children
  • View some student work on cyber safety
  • Be introduced to the Government’s “Office of the Children’s        eSafety Commissioner”
  • Be provided with some strategies to protect your children at home

You will also be provided with the login code which will allow you access to 4 online parent courses free of charge

DATE:    Tuesday 9th February

Time:     6:00pm – 7:00pm

Venue:    Staff room

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Addressing the cybersafety challenge: from risk to resilience

The link below will take you to a very interesting article about cyber safety and the need to protect not only our children but also other vulnerable groups in society. Who looks after those over 65 who may be asset rich but are the least technology literate and are therefore appealing targets of fraud and scammers.

How safe are you and your parents?

Addressing the cybersafety challenge: from risk to resilience

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