Category Archives: Digital Parenting

Being a parent in the digital age

Baby Monitors Spying On Your Child

Baby Monitors Spying On Your Child

From Amazon

Baby monitors that come with an app for your phone have been getting hacked for years. Default passwords and unsecured Wi Fi can result in your web connected baby monitor being hacked resulting in a live video of your child sleeping being streamed out to the internet on a strange websites where hackers get their kicks. Hackers have even been able to take over operation of the monitors and even been able to talk through the monitor to the child or parent in the room. Make sure you understand how your internet connected device works, read the instruction manual for security and privacy tips.

How do you stop your monitor from being hacked?

  • Set Unique passwords on the device
  • Enable privacy settings
  • Secure WiFi settings
  • Update software/firmware on the device through the app or website interface
  • Restrict the app from only broadcasting within your home WiFi network not online.

See more about securing smart devices in your home and what to do in the video below.

Leonie Smith “The Cyber Safety Lady” on “Weekend Sunrise” 11th Feb 2018

 

 

 

 

Detroit: Become Human – What Parents Need To Know

Detroit: Become Human – What Parents Need To Know

 A new video game called “Detroit: Become Human” to be released this year for Playstation 4 is causing quite an outrage, as you can see by this article I’ve linked to. This new game contains scenes involving murder and violent abuse of a child. In a movie, those scenes would be disturbing enough, but in… Continue Reading

70 Schools Targeted In International Porn Ring

70 Schools Targeted In International Porn Ring

  As I get ready to head off to speak at another parent Cyber Safety education evening tonight, the news about a forum hosting nude photos of underage girls from over 70 Australian schools has been revealed. No doubt there will be questions tonight from the parents about this horrific story. Cyber safety educators, parents, police… Continue Reading

Dangerous Pranks & The Vine & YouTube Generation

Dangerous Pranks & The Vine & YouTube Generation

    This story ran in the Manly Daily today. A horrible story about teens apparently throwing a lamb around and filming it, at a northern beaches school. The sheep and its mother have been traumatised and severely injured, the mother lamb may die from her injuries. The community is angry and horrified. Update: According… Continue Reading

Age Classification Confusion For Parents For Video Games And Apps

Age Classification Confusion For Parents For Video Games And Apps

This years survey from Interactive Games & Entertainment Association – IGEA which included a study of parental awareness of game classifications, showed that many Australian Parents are not really using Video Game and App Classifications to make decisions before purchasing or downloading games for their children. Some of those surveyed were also quite confused by the ratings,… Continue Reading

Protect Your Child From Adult Content (Most)

Protect Your Child From Adult Content (Most)

Preventing your child from accessing adult content on the home iPad or computers can be one of the more challenging issues that parents have to face in the age of the digital revolution. Many parents have no idea how to restrict adult content, and may also not be aware that their child maybe already accessing pornography online,… Continue Reading

Windows 10 & Spying On Your Kids

Windows 10 & Spying On Your Kids

There are reports from some parents that the latest operating system from Microsoft, Windows 10, is now automatically sending parents a detailed report of their children’s computer activity when parents add their child to a Microsoft Family account. Parents may have previously set up Windows 8 on their child’s computer and added that child’s Microsoft account to a… Continue Reading