Chatterbox is essentially an online chat program for parents, where they can learn about Cybersafety, pre-submit questions, share stories and advice. Chatterbox can be downloaded and accessed at home or on a mobile device. Each episode starts with a video followed by an audio discussion featuring targeted steps for parents to take action and/or start online safety conversations with their children. New Chatterbox episodes will be released though out the year. Schools should promote this initiative for parents.
ACMA’s new Cybersmart research report ‘Connected Parents in the cybersafety age’ was also released. This report provides an analysis of parents’ needs with regard to cybersafety education and focuses on patterns of internet use, identified concerns and information needs of the main caregivers of children and young people aged 8 to 17.