ABC News 24 News Exchange

Leonie Smith on ABC24

ABC News 24 News Exchange October 4th 2013 Talking about age limits on social media in regards to online safety. Cyber Safety education and talking to their kids about cyber safety.   … [Read more...]

Kik Messenger And Peer Group Pressure


This post is going to rub some people up the wrong way. I'm going to say something that many parents haven't considered, or something that they don't want to consider when making choices about the internet for their child....This post is about caring about other families kids online. If you think this post is too long... at least watch the video at the end of it, you might be shocked what you find out about Kik. At last nights cyber safety talk, there was of course some discussion about Kik Messenger (rated 17+). If you are not up to date with the changes to Kik Messenger lately, and why … [Read more...]

Is Kik Messenger safe For Kids?

Is Kik Messaging Safe For Kids

  Kik Messenger is no longer JUST a messaging app, and is now rated 17+ Kik Messenger is constantly adding new "features" and changing settings, it now has a huge adult content spam problem. This post is growing and constantly being updated as new issues and features come to light. I apologise for the long read, but Kik is far from a simple messaging app now, it is also host to over 400 apps.  The YouTube video below was made in July 2014.  There are now over 400 apps within Kik Messenger and the "privacy settings" are now less secure. Kik also contains access to over 400 … [Read more...]

Parents Need Cyber Tutoring

Parents Need Cyber Tutoring

 The Manly Daily & News Local Some great tips here from Leonie Smith in the Manly Daily … [Read more...]

Pittwater Business Limited Networking Breakfast Featuring Leonie Smith Social Media and Cyber Safety

Leonie Smith Cyber Safety at Pittwater Business Limited Breakfast October

I'm honoured to be presenting a talk at the October Pittwater Business Limited Breakfast at Bayview Golf Club on the 17th October 2012. This is a unique talk by Leonie Smith who was featured on 60 Minutes last Sunday for the Charlotte Dawson Interview on Bullying and Trolls on Twitter. Leonie expertise as a social media consultant and a Cyber Safety advocate means her clients get the benefit of great social media training and advice and how to keep their business and personal life separate and safe online. 91% of employment agencies now search your personal social media profiles as well as … [Read more...]

Free Cyber Safety Webinar With The Cyber Safety Lady

Cyber Safety Lady

  More than JUST a Cyber Safety Talk   I'm sure by now most of you have seen or attended a Cyber Safety talk to help inform you about what to expect with your children being online. This free webinar being organised by "Working Mums Masterclass" will take you a step further from simply informing you. You will be given practical steps to set up safety and privacy settings which will prevent you and your family being exposed online. Date: Tuesday 21 August 2012 Time: 8:00pm - 9:00pm AEDT Where: Online Topic:Cyber Safety Presenter: Leonie Smith The Cyber Safety Lady   I'll be … [Read more...]

Should Kids Under 13 Years Old Be Expelled From School For Having A Facebook Account?

From the article

This article (see left) in todays Brisbane Times doesn't surprise me. I know of another school here in NSW on the Northshore that has a similar suspension policy for Children under 13yrs with Facebook accounts, I'm sure there are probably more. In the Times article it reports that the headmistress Leonie Hultgren from Harlaxton Public school in Queensland sent a newsletter around to students parents announcing that any pupil under 13yrs found to have a Facebook account will may have to report to her and possibly be expelled. "Parents should understand that a student who contravenes the … [Read more...]

Why You Need To Enable Restrictions On Smart Phones And Mobile Devices For Kids!

Kids on Smart Phones

Just when you thought you could put off cyber safety issues until your children are teens, parents are finding out the hard way that teens aren't the only ones with internet computer cyber safety problems. Tots on Smart Phones The use of internet connected devices like iPads and other tablets, computers, and smart phones are being used by children as young as 2 years old, and its increasing massively year by year, but parents are still thinking that cyber safety only applies to teens on computers. Parents! You had better catch up quick! Technology is moving faster than you can adjust … [Read more...]

How To Report and Block Content And Cyber Bully’s on Facebook!

How To Block A Cyber Bully On Facebook

When you really start investigating Facebook's interface, there are places throughout it for blocking and reporting content. And after a close look it starts to be obvious where Facebook places these tools. This post will help you to find the blocking and reporting and unsubscribing tools, and also explain why and how to use them. Blocking Unsubscribing and Reporting is usually found on the top right corner of any post item or profile. Hover your cursor and there should be a arrow that leads to a drop down menu. Why might you want to block or report anything on Facebook? You might come … [Read more...]

Cyber Safety, There Is No Need To Spy On Your Kids!

Don't Spy On Your Kids

  Spying on your children online should only be a LAST RESORT! Only to be done if you know your child is in danger, or you suspect they are hiding something that could potentially harm them. Monitoring Programs: As a Cyber Safety Advocate, I'm introduced to an increasing number of apps and monitoring programs that are being developed for parents to "spy" on their kids online. There are apps to inform parents about who their children are talking to on their smart phones and social networks, and software for keeping tabs on their kids browsers to find out where they go online and … [Read more...]