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WITH THE EXPONENTIAL growth of the
internet and access to social networking
sites, children as young as eight are creating
Facebook profiles with numerous 'friends'.
Parents must be conscious of the need to
monitor children's online behaviour.
The tragic death by suicide of a 14
year old student in Geelong recently
highlights the threat that cyberbullying
poses. The girl's mother said that her
daughter had been bullied online before
her death. She warned other parents of
the dangers of online bullying. "I want to
tell people to keep their kids off the rotten
internet --- this horrible place."
While banning school age children from using
the internet is probably not realistic, there
are strategies parents can employ to protect
their children and encourage wise use of this
facility, which of course has much to offer
each of us.
These strategies include:
• Never place personal details on the Internet:
full name, photos, address and so on.
• Never arrange to meet someone whom you
have contacted on the internet.
• Remember that sites like Facebook and
MySpace are not legally available to children
under the age of 16. This is a real support
to parents as long as they are aware of the
situation. Knowledge is power!
• Keep internet time to a minimum. Primary
school children do not need to be spending
hours on the internet, and there are so many
other healthy pursuits to occupy their time.
• If your child receives an offensive
email message, advise him or her to
ignore it, tell an adult, then delete.
Rereading such material only reinforces a
• Set up a separate account for your child
to log on. You will be able to monitor their
• Visit www.cybersmart.gov.au with your child.
Here you will find loads of information for all
• Place computers in a family area not in a
• Talk to your children about what they are
doing; often they are happy to show parents
new things that they are learning.
The Australian Communications and Media
Authority has conducted studies in the area
of internet safety and has a vast collection
of resources on its website (see link above)
Reassuringly, the majority of parents
surveyed reported that their children had
not experienced a 'cybersafety incident'.
Of the group who reported an incident,
parents with older children were more likely
to have experienced a cybersafety-related
incident with their child than those with
The most common response by parents
to an incident was to talk to their
children. Other responses included
increasing their internet security and
contacting the school or person(s)
involved in the incident. Only a very
small proportion of parents reported
that they would disconnect their internet
connection or ban their child from further
computer use in response to this type
The survey found that sought after topics
included privacy risks, safety risks,
cyberbullying and how best to complain
about harmful content.
Perhaps the most significant influence on
children and young people is the lives their
parents and carers live online. If adults
in the home are constantly checking and
responding to emails, updating Facebook
profiles and sending text messages, the
next generation will follow suit.
THE CONGREGATION OF the Immaculate
Heart of Mary was established in
Vietnam in 1958 during a time of great
social and political upheaval.
Three years later Imelda Dinh entered the
convent as a 13 year old. She completed
her schooling there and then took her
Today she is in her second term as the
leader of the Congregation, overseeing the
work of 299 sisters across 51 communities
in Vietnam, one in Japan and one here in
our own diocese at Sugarloaf Parish.
Sr Imelda, a warm and gentle lady, credits
the high number of religious vocations to
a deep faith and sense of social justice
within society in Vietnam. "The women who
come to our congregation love Jesus first
and want to live a life of service, through
Jesus, to the poor," Sr Imelda said.
The Sisters are trained at the
Congregational Mother House in the Nha
Trang Diocese. Their training is multi-
faceted and includes Vietnamese Church
history, Holy Scripture, music, dance, flower
arranging and computer training.
Once they are professed the Sisters work
in the community teaching catechism in
schools, conducting choirs and working with
the disabled and poor. The Congregation
established the Stella Down Syndrome
Care and Education Centre in 2004 and
also provides for the education of children
with vision and hearing impairments. They
distribute medicine to the poor, AIDS
patients and lepers and help with food,
clothing and even building houses for
Sr Imelda recently spent a month visiting
the Sisters of our local Congregation of the
Immaculate Heart at Sugarloaf Parish. She
attended a Mass during which Sr Lucie
Trang Le and Sr Maria Yen Nguyen renewed
To make a contribution to the wonderful
work of the Congregation in Vietnam
please P Fr Peter Rees at Sugarloaf Parish
on 4954 5391.
The "Pearls of Wisdom" Parents and Friends Conference at Shoal Bay in July presented an array of workshops addressing issues facing all parents.
Cheryl Fahey, Education Officer (Learning Technology) at the Catholic Schools Office, shares some of her wisdom and experience.
Compulsory reading for parents
Compulsory reading for pare
CyberliabilityBy CHERYL FAHEY
A life of service in Vietnam By JOANNE ISAAC
Sr Imelda Dinh was a recent visitor to
Sugarloaf Parish where she visited four
Sisters who belong to the order she leads.
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