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Keeping children safe online

New Zealand cyber security expert John Parsons spent two days at Woodford House last week talking to parents, students and staff about the issues and dangers associated with the inappropriate use of computers, mobile phones and the internet.

Cybercrime is rapidly growing in New Zealand with about 108 attacks taking place per day. Knowing how to stay safe online is crucial in today’s world.

John Parsons cyber safety expert presenting at Woodford House

John’s presentations were highly engaging, informative and, at times, confronting, as he shared real life examples of New Zealand children who had fallen victim to cybercrime.

He covered a wide range of topics including how to keep children safe online, knowing what our digital footprint is and how it can affect future careers, how to protect and value our online identity, and what you should do if you suspect cybercrime.

Director of Innovation, Mrs Toni Dunstan, says cybercrime is a very real issue facing families in New Zealand but, as John demonstrated, there are simple and practical steps to help prevent it.

“John shared extremely valuable information that we, as a community, need to be aware of. The more we are informed about cyber safety, the better it will be for our students,” Ms Dunstan says.

John has provided Woodford House with a set of valuable resources for you to download: