The reason for my out-of-whack start to the day? I'll claim two reasons. Firstly, a jab in the arm to update my tetnus, diptheria, whooping cough immunisation. I figured since I had no recollection of having had the last one, I was probably due to have it again, especially with whooping cough on the rise.
Secondly, an unexpected evening out to hear Dr Michael Carr-Gregg speaking about Cybersafety, thanks to an early evening phone call from the library teacher at Our School.
Dr Carr-Gregg began the evening with the quote "If you haven't upset your teenager at least three times this week, you're not trying hard enough". Ahh...already this was my kind of guy. His other quote was "It is not our job to be our kids' friend. It is our job to keep them safe". He went on to say that if sometimes that makes us unpopular, then so be it. Yep, in other circumstances we'd be fabulous friends.
When it comes to cybersafety and cyberbullying Dr Carr-Gregg is a wealth of wise and useful information, sprinkled with his very down-to-earth brand of humour and creative discipline style. He didn't really tell me very much I didn't know...but what I didn't know was pretty big stuff:
- As parents, we are legally responsible for what happens when our modem is in use ~ if our kids misuse our internet connection, we will be in the firing line as surely as the misuser.
- When our kids do silly things online there is the potential for having committed a crime they didn't intend to commit and their future could be seriously affected.
- Kids under 13yo who have a Facebook account are committing fraud!
- Our kids are already creating their CV. People have been passed over as potential employees because of opinions expressed on their Facebook pages!