Family Zone has released the worlds first stand-alone Cyber Safety smartphone and I am excited! Parents and even kids have been waiting for such a device for years and I am rapt that FZ have been the first to take up the charge. The 'FZ One' is an Alcatel device using Android OS and is available directly through Family Zone or Woolworths. It is only $199.00 and includes 12 months membership to Family Zone.
The Western Australian Government has recently presented a bill to parliament which will see Intimate Image Abuse legislation introduced here in Western Australia. I have been a key player in pressing our government for these laws in WA and I am very excited at the prospect they will be here before the end of the year. For five years I have been pressuring our law makers to stop sitting on their hands and to get such laws enacted. So often WA waits to see what other states are doing, but finally it looks like we are here.
Most of us have been guilty of it! A proud parent posting a photo of their childs' first day at primary or high school on social media for relatives and family to see. I believe such an exciting moment should be captured and shared but so often we are forgetting how far our images can go online and exactly how easy it is to identify kids through such images. Social networking is designed to spread information and the networks almost discourage us from taking efforts to minimise that exposure.
There are an infinite number of Apps popping up each year and it is very difficult for parents to keep on top of what their kids are using. More importantly, there are a large number of websites parents can visit to get reveiws or advice on the most popular Apps currently being used. Some of these sites offer good advice, some do not. So figuring out what is safe to use and what is not, is sometimes a difficult prospect. Though I do not wish to add more confusion to this topic, the best approach is to become as informed as possible.
There is no actual App called Snapchat Premium (SP). If you are looking to download SP, you won't find it anywhere, it is simply the name users will refer to when they are promoting their Snapchat account as a nude sharing service. A great many users across the Snapchat network, mainly young women, are creating SP accounts in order to make money through the 'sale and distribution' of their intimate and naked images or sexual acts.
At 4:03pm on Monday the 26th of June 2006, a crime that would shock the nation occurred at the Livingston Shopping Centre in Canning Vale, Western Australia. 8 year old Sofia Rodriguez Urrutia Shu was brutally and callously sexually assaulted and murdered by 22 year old Dante Wyndham Arthurs. Sofia was at the shops with her uncle, brother and sister, when she walked down a short passageway to go to the toilet.
As a former WA Police Officer, sites like OMEGLE were a constant frustration, seeming to hide behind a disclaimer "Do not use if you are under 18." It seems that statement devolves the creators of any responsibility for the protection of their users. Especially if those users are children. Yes, kids should not be on these sites. I agree with that 100%, but does that mean if they are, whatever happens to them is excusable or "their own fault"? Omegle is a simple video chat website where you can interact cam to cam with anyone around the world.