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Illalong News

  • 18th May, 2017

Privacy Awareness Week

This week, May 15 – 19, is privacy awareness week, it is a timely reminder for everyone to make sure that before they entrust their personal information to any online or social media source, that it is in a safe and secure environment. A lot of information is shared over the web and email and it is important that you only share your personal information with a trusted person or provider.

Privacy Awareness Week is an initiative of the Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities forum and held every year. The aim is to promote and raise awareness of privacy issues and the importance of protecting personal information.

Mr Pilgrim, Australian Information Commissioner outlined the following:

It is important to educate children on how to make good decisions and build those habits early, so that thinking twice before posting online becomes as instinctual as looking twice before crossing the road.

A digital footprint starts when a child is born, and every bit of information needs to be carefully considered by parents before putting it online. Parents are encouraged to also talk to their child about building an online identity and the risk of sharing personal information.

It is important to consider various aspects of information when putting it online:

  • Is the information private, or is it open to the public?
  • Who will be accountable for the data that is placed online
  • Is the system secure? what would be the ramification if the information got in to the wrong hands
  • Is the data confidential and should it be placed online?

Ten Privacy tips for parents and carers:

  • Start the privacy conversation
  • Get involved
  • Read privacy policies and collection notices
  • Tailor privacy settings
  • Develop good password practices
  • Discuss their digital footprint
  • Teach your children to think before they share
  • Encourage safe and smart mobile use
  • Be aware of online advertising
  • Emphasize that help is always available

Don’t forget the information you share about your children, especially on social media, contributes to their digital footprint and can be used in ways you did not expect and cannot control.

The link below contains tips and useful information that will help you and your child to protect their privacy when interacting online.

https://www.oaic.gov.au/individuals/privacy-fact-sheets/general/privacy-fact-sheet-48-ten-privacy-tips-for-parents-and-carers

Afzal Shariff - Director of ICT Services

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